extenuation

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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



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