Synonyms of extenuation


1. extenuation, mitigation, excuse, alibi, exculpation, self-justification

usage: a partial excuse to mitigate censure; an attempt to represent an offense as less serious than it appears by showing mitigating circumstances

2. extenuation, mitigation, palliation, decrease, diminution, reduction, step-down

usage: to act in such a way as to cause an offense to seem less serious

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