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extenuate

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verb
  • make (wrongdoing) less serious (by providing an excuse) [Barron]
  • to lessen or to try to lessen the seriousness or extent of by making partial excuses; mitigate [Taisha]
  • reduce the strength of, lessen seriousness, partially excuse [Nandigam]

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