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aggravating circumstance

noun

legal Definition of aggravating circumstance

: a circumstance relating to the commission of an act that increases the degree of liability or culpability
  • punitive damages are recoverable in a conversion case when the evidence shows legal malice, willfulness, insult, or other aggravating circumstances
  • Schwertfeger v. Moorehouse, 569 So. 2d 322 (1990)
; also : a circumstance (as lack of remorse) relating to an offense or defendant that receives consideration by the court especially in imposing a death sentence — compare mitigating circumstance

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