matter in extenuation

Definition of "matter in extenuation"
  1. A situation that helps clarify why an offense was committed, but doesn't fully legally justify the act
How to use "matter in extenuation" in a sentence
  1. His lawyer introduced a matter in extenuation to hint at reasons behind his action.
  2. His difficult upbringing was used as a matter in extenuation in his trial.
  3. The court took the matter in extenuation into consideration while deciding upon the penalty.

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