Definitions from Black's Law Dictionary: 2nd Edition and Ballentine's Law Dictionary as are available for each term in each dictionary.
  • Ballentine's Law Dictionary

    Circumstances to be considered in mitigation of damages or punishment.

  • Black's Law Dictionary: 2nd Edition

    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.