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English verb: extenuate

1. extenuate (communication) lessen or to try to lessen the seriousness or extent of

SamplesThe circumstances extenuate the crime.

Synonymsmitigate, palliate

Pattern of useSomething ----s something

Broader (hypernym)apologise, apologize, excuse, justify, rationalise, rationalize

Domain categoryjurisprudence, law

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