mitigating circumstance

mitigating circumstance
mitigating circumstance n: a circumstance in the commission of an act that lessens the degree of criminal culpability
was convicted of manslaughter rather than murder because of mitigating circumstances; also: a circumstance or factor relating to an offense or defendant that does not bear on the question of culpability but that receives consideration by the court esp. in lessening the severity of a sentence
the mitigating circumstance of the defendant's terminal illness compare aggravating circumstance

Merriam-Webster’s Dictionary of Law. . 1996.

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