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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.
ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Noun1.mitigation - to act in such a way as to cause an offense to seem less serious
reduction, step-down, diminution, decrease - the act of decreasing or reducing something
2.mitigation - a partial excuse to mitigate censuremitigation - a partial excuse to mitigate censure; an attempt to represent an offense as less serious than it appears by showing mitigating circumstances
exculpation, excuse, self-justification, alibi - a defense of some offensive behavior or some failure to keep a promise etc.; "he kept finding excuses to stay"; "every day he had a new alibi for not getting a job"; "his transparent self-justification was unacceptable"
3.mitigation - the action of lessening in severity or intensity; "the object being control or moderation of economic depressions"
reduction, step-down, diminution, decrease - the act of decreasing or reducing something
abatement - the act of abating; "laws enforcing noise abatement"

mitigation

noun
1. extenuation, explanation, excuse In mitigation, the offences were at the lower end of the scale.
2. relief, moderation, allaying, remission, diminution, abatement, alleviation, easement, extenuation, mollification, palliation, assuagement the mitigation or cure of a physical or mental condition

mitigation

noun
Freedom, especially from pain:
Translations

mitigation

[ˌmɪtɪˈgeɪʃən] Nmitigación f, alivio m
to say a word in mitigationdecir algo en descargo

mitigation

[ˌmɪtɪˈgeɪʃən] natténuation f
in mitigation → en guise de circonstances atténuantes

mitigation

n (of pain)Linderung f; (of punishment)Milderung f; to say something in mitigationetwas zu jds/seiner Verteidigung anführen; have you anything to say in mitigation of sentence?haben Sie zu dem Urteil noch irgendetwas Entlastendes vorzubringen?

mitigation

[ˌmɪtɪˈgeɪʃn] n (see vb) → mitigazione f, alleviamento
References in classic literature ?
On the defendant's part there had been an attempt, though insufficiently sustained, to blast the plaintiff's character, and a plea, in mitigation of damages, on account of her unamiable temper.
Contract notice: Open procedure for the supply, and related services, 6 ambulances for the prevention and mitigation of damages caused by the malfunction of the transport system in the condition of urgency, and in-hospital interospedaliero.
In addition to third-party liability, some contractors professional liability programs offer first-party coverage, such as "protective" coverage or mitigation of damages (MOD) coverage (also known as "rectification").