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mit·i·gate

 (mĭt′ĭ-gāt′)
tr.v. mit·i·gat·ed, mit·i·gat·ing, mit·i·gates
1. To make less severe or intense; moderate or alleviate. See Synonyms at relieve.
2. To make alterations to (land) to make it less polluted or more hospitable to wildlife.
Phrasal Verb:
mitigate against Usage Problem
1. To take measures to moderate or alleviate (something).
2. To be a strong factor against (someone or something); hinder or prevent.

[Middle English mitigaten, from Latin mītigāre, mītigāt- : mītis, soft + agere, to drive, do; see act.]

mit′i·ga·ble (-gə-bəl) adj.
mit′i·ga′tion n.
mit′i·ga′tive, mit′i·ga·to′ry (-gə-tôr′ē) adj.
mit′i·ga′tor n.
Usage Note: Mitigate, meaning "to make less severe, alleviate" is sometimes used where militate, which means "to cause a change," might be expected. The confusion arises when the subject of mitigate is an impersonal factor or influence, and the verb is followed by the preposition against, so the meaning of the phrase is something like "to be a powerful factor against" or "to hinder or prevent," as in His relative youth might mitigate against him in a national election. Some 70 percent of the Usage Panel rejected this usage of mitigate against in our 2009 survey. Some 56 percent also rejected the intransitive use of mitigate meaning "to take action to alleviate something undesirable," in What steps can the town take to mitigate against damage from coastal storms? Perhaps the use with against in the one instance has soured Panelists on its use in the other. This intransitive use is relatively recent in comparison with the long-established transitive use, so novelty might play a role as well.

mitigating

(ˈmɪtɪɡeɪtɪŋ)
adj
(of a case, factor, or circumstance) lessening the impact of something such as a crime or mistake
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mitigating

adjective extenuating, qualifying, justifying, moderating, vindicating, palliative, exculpatory, exonerative, vindicatory The judge heard that there were mitigating circumstances.
Translations

mitigating

[ˈmɪtɪgeɪtɪŋ] adj [factor] → atténuant(e)
There are various mitigating factors → Il existe divers facteurs atténuants.
mitigating circumstances → circonstances atténuantes
References in classic literature ?
Will wished that she would speak and bring some mitigating shadow across his own cruel speech, which seemed to stand staring at them both in mockery of any attempt at revived fellowship.
I was beginning to relent towards my wretched partner; to pity his forlorn, comfortless condition, unalleviated as it is by the consolations of intellectual resources and the answer of a good conscience towards God; and to think I ought to sacrifice my pride, and renew my efforts once again to make his home agreeable and lead him back to the path of virtue; not by false professions of love, and not by pretended remorse, but by mitigating my habitual coldness of manner, and commuting my frigid civility into kindness wherever an opportunity occurred; and not only was I beginning to think so, but I had already begun to act upon the thought - and what was the result?
Here also the firmness of the judicial magistracy is of vast importance in mitigating the severity and confining the operation of such laws.
The intended slight was emphasised by the fact that even the Reggie Chiverses, who were of the Mingott clan, were among those inflicting it; and by the uniform wording of the notes, in all of which the writers "regretted that they were unable to accept," without the mitigating plea of a "previous engagement" that ordinary courtesy prescribed.
Detection" column is used to assess how effective a software function is in mitigating a failure during system operation.
Capital Sentence Ambiguity Regarding Mitigating Circumstances and the Use of Causal Nexus--Poyson v.
The Court has not yet decisively assigned control over mitigating evidence to either counsel or defendant.
The report, titled Mitigating Risks in Global Manufacturing Operations, analyzed more than 250 companies and concluded that successful manufacturers integrate manufacturing solutions with risk solutions to address and mitigate risks.
However, partial restriction of research conducted on human embryos cannot ever succeed in practice in significantly mitigating this slaughter of the innocents.
Research into the methods of identifying, projecting, and mitigating MSAT impacts will be required.
Supreme Court established that a defendant's mental retardation is a potential mitigating factor at capital sentencing.
The public comments suggested that government policymakers should focus on mitigating risks within the existing structure of two clearing banks rather than on fostering development of a utility.