(Ex*tent"), n. [L. extentus, fr. extendere. See Extend.]

1. Space or degree to which a thing is extended; hence, superficies; compass; bulk; size; length; as, an extent of country or of line; extent of information or of charity.

Life in its large extent is scare a span.

2. Degree; measure; proportion. "The extent to which we can make ourselves what we wish to be." Lubbock.

3. (Eng. Law) (a) A peculiar species of execution upon debts due to the crown, under which the lands and goods of the debtor may be seized to secure payment. (b) A process of execution by which the lands and goods of a debtor are valued and delivered to the creditor.

(Ex*ten"u*ate) v. t. [imp. & p. p. Extenuated; p. pr. & vb. n. Extenuating] [L. extenuatus, p. p. of extenuare to make thin, loosen, weaken; ex out + tenuare to make thin, tenuis thin. See Tenuity.]

1. To make thin or slender; to draw out so as to lessen the thickness.

His body behind the head becomes broad, from whence it is again extenuated all the way to the tail.

2. To lessen; to palliate; to lessen or weaken the force of; to diminish the conception of, as crime, guilt, faults, ills, accusations, etc.; — opposed to aggravate.

But fortune there extenuates the crime.

Let us extenuate, conceal, adorn the unpleasing reality.
I. Taylor.

3. To lower or degrade; to detract from. [Obs.]

Who can extenuate thee?

Syn. — To palliate; to mitigate. See Palliate.

(Ex*ten"u*ate), v. i. To become thinner; to make excuses; to advance palliating considerations. Burke.

(Ex*ten"u*ate) a. [L. extenuatus, p. p.] Thin; slender. [Obs.] Huloet.

(Ex*ten`u*a"tion) n. [L. extenuatio: cf. F. exténuation.] 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.

(Ex*ten"u*a`tor) n. One who extenuates.

(Ex*ten"u*a*to*ry) a. [Cf. L. extenuatorius attenuating.] Tending to extenuate or palliate. Croker.

(Ex*te"ri*or), a. [L. exterior, compar. of exter or exterus on the outside, outward, foreign, strange, a compar. fr. ex: cf. F. extérieur. See Ex, and cf. Extreme, Interior.]

1. External; outward; pertaining to that which is external; — opposed to interior; as, the exterior part of a sphere.

Sith nor the exterior nor the inward man
Resemble that it was.

  By PanEris using Melati.

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