English version

extenuating circumstances/factors etc

From Longman Dictionary of Contemporary Englishextenuating circumstances/factors etcextenuating circumstances/factors etcformalLESS facts or reasons which make you feel that it was reasonable for someone to break the usual rules, or make you have sympathy for someone who did something wrong or illegal extenuating
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extenuating circumstances/factors etcGoodstein suggested that this eased by talking about extenuating circumstances.Hunger and poverty, the main reasons for their poaching, are not treated by the courts as extenuating circumstances.Paedophilia is the only major crime in which there is no possibility of extenuating circumstances.A terrifying warning was occasionally administered in cases where extenuating circumstances existed.Clearly, then, extenuating factors such as the attraction of video stores and the ability to browse are sometimes overlooked.
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