extenuating circumstances

extenuating circumstances
Such as render a delict or crime less aggravated, heinous, or reprehensible than it would otherwise be, or tend to palliate or lessen its guilt. Such circumstances may ordinarily be shown in order to reduce the punishment or damages. In contract law, unusual or extraordinary events that prevent performance within specified time (e.g., strike by workers or suppliers).

Black's law dictionary. . 1990.

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