extenuating circumstance

extenuating circumstance
Any fact that mitigates or lessens a crime
Syn: attenuating, mitigating

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  • extenuating circumstance — or mitigating circumstance In law, circumstance that diminishes the culpability of one who has committed a criminal offense. In many Anglo American legal systems, provocation of the accused by the victim can reduce a charge of first degree murder …   Universalium

  • extenuating circumstance — /əkstɛnjueɪtɪŋ ˈsɜkəmstæns/ (say uhkstenyoohayting serkuhmstans) noun (often plural) a factor that should be taken into the consideration of someone s misdeeds because it provides some lessening of guilt …  

  • Circumstance — or circumstances can refer to: Rhetoric Circumstances (rhetoric) Legal terms Aggravating circumstance Attendant circumstance Exigent circumstance Extenuating circumstances Literature Circumstance (short story) Films Circumstance (film) Others… …   Wikipedia

  • circumstance — noun 1 (usually circumstances) facts/events that affect sth ADJECTIVE ▪ favourable/favorable ▪ The plan might work better with more favourable/favorable circumstances. ▪ adverse, difficult, dire, tra …   Collocations dictionary

  • Extenuating circumstances — In law, extenuating circumstances in criminal cases are unusual or extreme facts leading up to or attending the commission of the offense which, though an offense has been committed without legal justification or excuse, mitigate or reduce its… …   Wikipedia

  • circumstance — noun 1 circumstances (plural) the conditions that affect a situation, action, event etc: The rules can only be waived in exceptional circumstances. | in suspicious circumstances (=in a way that makes you think something illegal or dishonest has… …   Longman dictionary of contemporary English

  • circumstance — cir|cum|stance W1S1 [ˈsə:kəmstæns, stəns US ˈsə:r ] n [Date: 1100 1200; : Old French; Origin: Latin circumstantia, from circumstare to stand around , from circum ( CIRCUM ) + stare to stand ] 1.) [C usually plural] the conditions that affect a… …   Dictionary of contemporary English

  • extenuating — adj. Extenuating is used with these nouns: ↑circumstance …   Collocations dictionary

  • Attendant circumstance — Criminal law Part o …   Wikipedia

  • mitigating circumstance — /ˌmɪtəgeɪtɪŋ ˈsɜkəmstæns/ (say .mituhgayting serkuhmstans) noun (often plural) 1. Law an extenuating circumstance, comprising any fact or other relevant circumstance presented by a defendant as an argument for lesser culpability and therefore a… …  

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