What does extenuating circumstances mean?

Cleveland   Wed Dec 26, 2007 2:11 am GMT
I am currently making an job application, in the high education sector there is a term called "extenuating circumstances" what does that mean?
Skippy   Wed Dec 26, 2007 5:56 am GMT
What's the context/question before it?

My understanding is that "extenuating circumstances" is your chance to defend yourself even after expressing guilt.
mjd   Wed Dec 26, 2007 6:27 am GMT
I'll try and use it in a sentence for you:

"If you miss more than 3 classes you will receive a failing grade. Exceptions will be made for extenuating circumstances."

For example, a death in the family, a serious illness...these could be extenuating circumstances -- i.e., circumstances that by their serious, unpredictable, or uncontrolable nature, warrant an exception to the rule.
Cleveland   Wed Dec 26, 2007 6:51 am GMT
Does that mean if I don't have a good result for my study that I could address reasons to defend myself?
Cleveland   Wed Dec 26, 2007 7:18 pm GMT
anybody...

Does that mean if I don't have a good result for my study that I could address reasons to defend myself?
Guest   Wed Dec 26, 2007 8:57 pm GMT
No one can say that for sure, as we don't know the original context, do we?
Guest   Wed Dec 26, 2007 10:39 pm GMT
Thank-you for saying that, guest. I wanted to write that myself.

Cleveland, I think you need to use "google" to look up some of these terms. I found over a million hits for "extenuating circumstances".

We don't want to give you bad advice based on partial information.
Cleveland   Thu Dec 27, 2007 2:13 am GMT
that's why it bugs me, cuz there is no context, it is just an application form and in the high education sector it has a blank area after results that " do u have any extenuating circumstances?" I am not sure what does this exactly mean
mjd   Thu Jan 03, 2008 11:28 pm GMT
In order for us to fully answer your question, you would have to provide us with more information about what is being asked on the sheet. I am not sure what you mean by "high education sector" -- that is not enough information to go on.

That could have to do with a lot of things -- how much education you have received, what classes you have completed, health-related information a particular school needs prior to enrollment.