Definitions

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • adj. Tending to extenuate or palliate.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • adj. Tending to extenuate or palliate.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • Tending to extenuate.

Etymologies

Compare Latin extenuatorius attenuating. (Wiktionary)

Examples

  • And, having given this humorous twist to his argument, he glides off into extenuatory matter.

    Sterne

  • Picord, maintains or exemplifies in the collection of his plays, -- as, if not actually to sit in judgment on my own performances, still to insinuate some excuse for their faults by extenuatory depositions as to their character and intentions.

    Godolphin, Volume 1.

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