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- n. (law) a circumstance that does not exonerate a person but which reduces the penalty associated with the offense
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The only mitigating circumstance was that Anne remained by his side throughout, and nothing — no word, no glance, no touch — in any way suggested she regretted the previous evening's interlude in Lady Hendrick's parlor.