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extenuation

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noun ex·ten·u·a·tion \ik-ˌsten-yə-ˈwā-shən, -yü-ˈā-\

Definition of extenuation

  1. 1 :  the act of extenuating or state of being extenuated; especially :  partial justification

  2. 2 :  something extenuating; especially :  a partial excuse



Circa 1543

First Known Use of extenuation

circa 1543


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