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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:
Adj.1.mitigatory - moderating pain or sorrow by making it easier to bearmitigatory - moderating pain or sorrow by making it easier to bear
moderating - lessening in intensity or strength
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This Abbreviated Resettlement Action (Arap) Plan Provides Details On The Likely Impacts Resulting From The Relocation For The Construction Of The Proposed Works And The Mitigatory Measures That Will Be Implemented To Address Any Potential Adverse Impacts.
Having regard to your counsel's stance that, even if your assertions were true, your reaction to that alleged threat was in no way mitigatory of this appalling, wicked crime.
She said his reaction to that alleged threat was in no way mitigatory of this appalling, wicked crime.
Concerning the knowledge on the community's environmental quality, the reason for acute events, 51% of the Porto das Caixas locality's residents reported on the occurrence of an environmental chemical accident in 2005 and that local mitigatory measures were not taken by public and entrepreneurial authorities responsible for the accident, remaining the impacts on the soil, rivers and the people's health living in the vicinity of the affected area.
Nelson, Breaking the Camel's Back: A Consideration of Mitigatory Criminal Defenses and Racism-Related Mental Illness, 9 MICH.
The knowledge, attitude and practices of the community about the problem might help in the mitigatory processes [20].
Justice Fiannaca: Most jurisdictions have legislative provisions recognizing the mitigatory value of a plea of guilty; some are more prescriptive than others.
Yu Jian (2009), who is the deputy of the Shanghai Criminal Court, commends the mitigatory nature of DPCR as "embodying balancing leniency and severity.
Nomenclature is a concern in approaching a comparative analysis of the mitigatory effects of entrapment-type practices and their relationship to the purposes and principles of sentencing in Australia and Canada.
His Honour stated (in the context of examining mitigating factors) that 'any such general rule allowing a mitigatory effect to revenge punishments would be potentially subversive of the rule of law'.