extenuation

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

Definition of extenuation

1 : the act of extenuating or state of being extenuated; especially : partial justification
2 : something extenuating; especially : a partial excuse

First Known Use of extenuation

circa 1543

in the meaning defined at sense 1

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