(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.Cotton.
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.Grew.
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.Dryden.
Let us extenuate, conceal, adorn the unpleasing reality.I. Taylor.
3. To lower or degrade; to detract from. [Obs.]
Who can extenuate thee?Milton.
Syn. To palliate; to mitigate. See Palliate.
(Ex*ten"u*ate), v. i. To become thinner; to make excuses; to advance palliating considerations.
(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.
(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
Sith nor the exterior nor the inward manShak.
Resemble that it was.