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Meaning of extenuation

ex•ten•u•a•tion

Pronunciation: (ik-sten"y-ā'shun), [key]
— n.
  1. the act of extenuating.
  2. the state of being extenuated.
  3. something that extenuates; a partial excuse: The youth of the defendant served as an extenuation.
Random House Unabridged Dictionary, Copyright © 1997, by Random House, Inc., on Infoplease.
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