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Extenuate definition and meaning


In layman's terms - to make an offense seem less serious

Extenuate Definition & Meaning

The word extenuate means to lessen the seriousness of something. When someone tries to extenuate a situation, they try to make excuses for why something happened in order to make it seem less important.

Extenuate Used in a Sentence

  1. She tried to extenuate why she was late by explaining her car had broken down on the way to work.
  2. The company tried to extenuate the impact of the data breach by focusing on their quick response and increased security measures.
  3. The coach tried to extenuate the team's poor performance by pointing out that they lost several key players to injury.

Extenuate Similar Words & Phrases (Synonyms)

  1. Mitigate
  2. Alleviate
  3. Excuse
  4. Rationalize
  5. Justify

Extenuate Opposite Words & Phrases (Antonyms)

  1. Aggravate
  2. Exacerbate
  3. Magnify
  4. Intensify
  5. Compound


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