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Verb: extenuate  ik'ste-nyoo,eyt or ek'ste-nyoo,eyt
  1. (law) lessen or to try to lessen the seriousness or extent of
    "The circumstances extenuate the crime";
    - palliate, mitigate

Derived forms: extenuated, extenuates, extenuating

Type of: apologise [Brit], apologize, excuse, rationalise [Brit], rationalize