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From: DICT.TW English-Chinese Dictionary 英漢字典

 ex·ten·u·a·tion /ɪkˌstɛnjəˈweʃən/

From: Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary (1913)

 Ex·ten·u·a·tion n.  The act of axtenuating or the state of being extenuated; the act of making thin, slender, or lean, or of palliating; diminishing, or lessening; palliation, as of a crime; mitigation, as of punishment.
    To listen . . . to every extenuation of what is evil.   --I. Taylor.

From: WordNet (r) 2.0

      n 1: a partial excuse to mitigate censure; an attempt to
           represent an offense as less serious than it appears by
           showing mitigating circumstances [syn: mitigation]
      2: to act in such a way as to cause an offense to seem less
         serious [syn: mitigation, palliation]