extenuating circumstances

Definition of "extenuating circumstances"
  1. Factors that lessen a party's culpability or guilt in civil or criminal matters, possibly leading to reduced charges, penalties, or damage awards
How to use "extenuating circumstances" in a sentence
  1. Due to the extenuating circumstances, the judge issued a less severe penalty.
  2. The defense attorney argued that extenuating circumstances contributed to the defendant's actions.
  3. Even with the extenuating circumstances, the plaintiff remained liable for damages, though substantially less than initially demanded.

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