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Related to mitigatory: mitigating, mitigative


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.
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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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He had also submitted that the murder was not premeditated and in that context, it ought to be considered as a mitigatory element in favour of him.
Thus, examining the responses of board directors allows for a deeper understanding of how mitigatory circumstances influence those in charge of overseeing organizations' control environments and provides additional insight to the evolutionary governance model.
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'Sadly too, we are yet to feel the effects of government's promise to mitigate these hardships even with the setting up of a palliatives committee to fashion out mitigatory strategy, policies and programmes to cushion the vagaries of its policies.'
The general practice is for leniency reductions at this stage in the process to be treated as additional to any mitigatory effect yielded by cooperation beyond the leniency applicant's obligations under the relevant policy, considered at an earlier stage in the process.
Ghosh argues that even if capitalism were to be magically transformed tomorrow, military and political dominance would pose significant challenges to mitigatory actions.
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