extenuating circumstances


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extenuating circumstances

A non-specific reason that excuses something that would otherwise be troublesome or problematic. All I heard was that the professor gave her an extension on her term paper due to extenuating circumstances.
See also: circumstance

extenuating circumstances

special (but otherwise unspecified) circumstances that account for an irregular or improper way of doing something. Mary was permitted to arrive late because of extenuating circumstances. Due to extenuating circumstances, the teacher will not meet with the class today.
See also: circumstance

extenuating circumstances

A situation or condition that provides an excuse for an action, as in Although Nancy missed three crucial rehearsals, there were extenuating circumstances, so she was not dismissed . This expression was originally legal terminology, denoting circumstances that partly excuse a crime and therefore call for less punishment or damages. [c. 1600]
See also: circumstance
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Yes, there are extenuating circumstances - high ticket prices, the location of venues, and protests against the vast cost of the Games at a time of major economic downturn.
The petition called on all UK universities to recognise rape as a specific clause in their extenuating circumstances after a student at Birmingham had an application to defer her exams turned down.
An online petition expressed concern that the University of Birmingham did not specifically refer to sex attacks in its list of extenuating circumstances under which extra help would be offered to undergraduates.
There were, however, extenuating circumstances as Sean Levey's partner lost ground at the start and also encountered trouble in running.
Judge Walsh said he was marking the case as facts proved but in view of the extenuating circumstances he was striking it out.
Black Caviar's 2012 rating was 2lb lower at 130, but the panel believes there were extenuating circumstances.
Criminal case law is replete with examples of extenuating circumstances cited as reasons for lesser, or at least non-lethal, punishment.
There were extenuating circumstances because this bug has been going through the club and there were a few players out there who did their best but clearly weren't really up to it.
Students are competing for jobs and they need as good a degree as they can get and so if they under-perform due to extenuating circumstances they want that opportunity to improve.
There would need to be some FIFA directive because there are extenuating circumstances.
It's extenuating circumstances and whereas he wasn't the one to have the child, it's still a big day for any man, so we've tried to give him a bit of space.
However, library chiefs said the majority of readers borrow responsibly and exceptions are made for extenuating circumstances such as illness.
It's a quick procedure that is less traumatic to the patient and the procedure of choice unless there are extenuating circumstances.
The agreement signed in 2007 allowed either party to exit the agreement in extenuating circumstances beyond their control, such as UN sanctions, in what is called a force majeure clause.
It is totally inappropriate to claim that the Turkish government tried to find extenuating circumstances for the accused and used expressions in its defense keeping Dink responsible for his killing," he said.