mitigating circumstances

Definition of "mitigating circumstances"
  1. Details that do not excuse a crime or wrong, but might lessen the accused's level of responsibility, impacting the severity of the punishment or damages awarded
How to use "mitigating circumstances" in a sentence
  1. The judge considered the mitigating circumstances before imposing the sentence.
  2. The defense attorney presented mitigating circumstances to argue for a lesser penalty.
  3. Due to mitigating circumstances, the judge reduced the amount of damages awarded to the plaintiff.

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