tend-, tendo-, ten-, teno-, tenot-, tenonto-, tens-, tent-, -tend, -tension, -tent, -tense, -tensive, -tentious
(Greek > Latin: to move in a certain direction; to stretch, to hold out; tension; as well as tendon, sinew)
- Extenuate suggests the effort to lessen, or to decrease blame that has been incurred by an offense, while palliate implies concealment, to make less severe or intense, as of the incriminating facts or the gravity of their consequences.
- Gloss over stresses the disguising or misrepresentation of incriminating facts; such as, to gloss over a mediocre academic record.
- To whitewash is to represent by completely false information or a dishonest judgment: "The accused man went free, whitewashed by a misguided board of investigation."
To extenuate past neglect by present concern; to palliate the errors in a book:
"A doting parent may seek to palliate the excesses of an errant son."
Such circumstances may ordinarily be shown in order to reduce a punishment or damages. In contract law, unusual or extraordinary events that prevent performance within a specified time; for example, a delay resulting from a strike by workers or suppliers.
2. A partial excuse to mitigate censure.
3. An attempt to represent an offense as being less serious than it appears by showing mitigating circumstances; that is, making an offense or a crime seem less serious or at least more excusable.
2. Abnormally high blood pressure, or a disease of which this is the chief sign.
Hypotension is usually indicated when the blood pressure has fallen to such a degree that the blood flow to the brain is reduced, causing dizziness and fainting.
2. Something to be or to be used for designing.
3. Etymology: from Latin intendere, "to stretch out for, to aim at".