Definition: causing something to appear less grave than it is
Part of Speech: Adjective
Synonym(s): softening, lessening
Antonym(s): intensifying, aggravating
1. Because of the extenuating circumstance of a mental defect, the defendant will be sent to a mental hospital and not to a prison.
2. What are the extenuating conditions that caused the honor roll student to fail all of her exams?
3. Before the judge makes a ruling, she will view the extenuating circumstances behind Harry’s self-defense claim.