Extenuating Circumstances

Legal Definition and Related Resources of Extenuating Circumstances

Meaning of Extenuating Circumstances

unusual factors related to and tending to contribute to the consummation of an illegal act, but over which the actor had little or no control , i.e., a man charged with common assault may plead there were extenuating circumstances which brought about his action , such as the complainant having called the accused ‘s wife a prostitute . See mitigation .

Synonyms of Extenuating Circumstances


  • alleviating circumstances
  • consideration
  • exception
  • extenuation
  • mitigating circumstances
  • mitigation
  • palliation
  • palliative circumstances
  • partial excuse
  • qualification
  • qualifying reasons
  • softening circumstances

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English Spanish Translation of Extenuating Circumstances

Circunstancias agravantes

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Meaning of Extenuating Circumstances in the U.S. Legal System

Definition of Extenuating Circumstances published by the National Association for Court Management: Circumstances which render a crime less aggravated, heinous, or reprehensible than it would otherwise be.

Meaning of Extenuating Circumstances in Spanish

Description/ translation of extenuating circumstances into Spanish: circunstancias atenuantes[1]

Note: for more information on related terms and on the area of law where extenuating circumstances belongs (criminal procedure law), in Spanish, see here.

Notes and References

  1. Translation of Extenuating Circumstances published by Antonio Peñaranda






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