adjective see extenuate

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  • Extenuatory — Ex*ten u*a*to*ry, a. [Cf. L. extenuatorius attenuating.] Tending to extenuate or palliate. Croker. [1913 Webster] …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • extenuatory — [ek sten′yo͞oāt΄iv, ik sten′yo͞oāt΄ivek sten′yo͞o ə tôr΄ē, iksten′yo͞o ə tôr΄ē] adj. extenuating or tending to extenuate: also extenuative [ek sten′yo͞oāt΄iv, ik sten′yo͞oāt΄iv] …   English World dictionary

  • extenuatory — extenuate ► VERB 1) (usu. as adj. extenuating) lessen the seriousness of (an offence) by referring to a factor that helps excuse it. 2) (extenuated) literary thin. DERIVATIVES extenuation noun extenuatory adjective. ORIGIN …   English terms dictionary

  • extenuatory — /ik sten yooh euh tawr ee, tohr ee/, adj. tending to extenuate; characterized by extenuation; extenuating. [1800 10; < LL extenuatorius. See EXTENUATE, TORY1] * * * …   Universalium

  • extenuatory — adj. lessening the seriousness of (an action or guilt); making smaller, making thin (Archaic) …   English contemporary dictionary

  • extenuatory — ex·ten·u·a·to·ry …   English syllables

  • extenuatory — /əkˈstɛnjuətri/ (say uhk stenyoohuhtree), /ɛk / (say ek ), / təri/ (say tuhree) adjective tending to extenuate; characterised by extenuation …   Australian English dictionary

  • extenuatory — wəˌtōrē adjective Etymology: Late Latin extenuatorius, from Latin extenuatus + orius ory : tending to extenuate …   Useful english dictionary

  • extenuate — transitive verb ( ated; ating) Etymology: Latin extenuatus, past participle of extenuare, from ex + tenuis thin more at thin Date: 1529 1. a. archaic to make light of b. to lessen or to try to lessen the seriousness or extent of by making partial …   New Collegiate Dictionary

  • assuasive — Synonyms and related words: alleviating, alleviative, altering, analgesic, anesthetic, anodyne, balmy, balsamic, benumbing, bounding, calmant, calmative, cathartic, cleansing, deadening, demulcent, dulling, easing, emollient, extenuating,… …   Moby Thesaurus

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