Definition of Mitigating circumstance

1. Noun. (law) a circumstance that does not exonerate a person but which reduces the penalty associated with the offense.

Generic synonyms: Circumstance, Condition, Consideration
Category relationships: Jurisprudence, Law



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Literary usage of Mitigating circumstance

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1. South Eastern Reporter by West Virginia Supreme Court of Appeals, West Publishing Company, South Carolina Supreme Court (1910)
"... but It may also be said to exist whenever there has been a wrongful and Intentional killing of another without lawful excuse or mitigating circumstance. ..."

2. Reports of Cases Argued and Determined in the Supreme Court of Tennessee by Joseph Brown Heiskell, Tennessee Supreme Court (1872)
"We have searched the record in vain for any semblance of a single mitigating circumstance. We are forced to the conclusion that the jury doubted whether the ..."

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