if not for mitigating circumstances, he would have been convicted

extenuating, justificatory, justifying, vindicating, qualifying; face-saving; formal exculpatory

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  • mitigating — adj. serving to reduce blame; of situations; as, mitigating factors; mitigating circumstances. Opposite of {aggravating}. [Narrower terms: {exculpatory}] Syn: extenuating. [WordNet 1.5 +PJC] …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • mitigating — I adjective abating, alleviating, ameliorative, assuaging, calmative, diminishing, discounting, easing, exculpatory, excusing, extenuating, lessening, limiting, meliorative, modifying, palliative, qualifying, reducing, relieving, softening,… …   Law dictionary

  • mitigating — (adj,.) extenuating, 1610s, prp. adjective from MITIGATE (Cf. mitigate) …   Etymology dictionary

  • mitigating — [[t]mɪ̱tɪgeɪtɪŋ[/t]] ADJ: ADJ n Mitigating circumstances or factors make a bad action, especially a crime, easier to understand and excuse, and may result in the person responsible being punished less severely. [LEGAL or, FORMAL] The judge found… …   English dictionary

  • mitigating — mit|i|gat|ing [ˈmıtıgeıtıŋ] adj mitigating circumstances/factors facts about a situation that make a crime or bad mistake seem less serious ▪ Judges often give reduced sentences where there are mitigating circumstances …   Dictionary of contemporary English

  • mitigating — adjective mitigating circumstances/factors etc facts about a situation that make a crime or bad mistake seem less serious: a reduced prison sentence due to mitigating circumstances …   Longman dictionary of contemporary English

  • Mitigating — Mitigate Mit i*gate, v. t. [imp. & p. p. {Mitigated}; p. pr. & vb. n. {Mitigating}.] [L. mitigatus, p. p. of mitigare to soften, mitigate; mitis mild, soft + the root of agere to do, drive.] 1. To make less severe, intense, harsh, rigorous,… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • mitigating — adj. Mitigating is used with these nouns: ↑circumstance, ↑factor …   Collocations dictionary

  • mitigating — mit|i|gat|ing [ mıtı,geıtıŋ ] adjective mitigating circumstances facts that help to explain a crime or mistake and make it seem less bad …   Usage of the words and phrases in modern English

  • mitigating — UK [ˈmɪtɪˌɡeɪtɪŋ] / US adjective mitigating circumstances …   English dictionary

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