- the act of mitigating, or lessening the force or intensity of something unpleasant, as wrath, pain, grief, or extreme circumstances: Social support is the most important factor in the mitigation of stress among adolescents.
- the act of making a condition or consequence less severe: the mitigation of a punishment.
- the process of becoming milder, gentler, or less severe.
- a mitigating circumstance, event, or consequence.
- to lessen in force or intensity, as wrath, grief, harshness, or pain; moderate.
- to make less severe: to mitigate a punishment.
- to make (a person, one's state of mind, disposition, etc.) milder or more gentle; mollify; appease.
- to become milder; lessen in severity.
Origin of mitigate
Examples from the Web for mitigations
There yet remains the grateful duty of speaking of the mitigations of our trials.Glances at Europe
But her mind was far from Bertram and the mitigations he offered.Amabel Channice
Anne Douglas Sedgwick
Many alterations and mitigations were proposed, without effect.The History of England in Three Volumes, Vol.II.
There are, in short, mitigations of their lot, and possibly excuses for their existence.Double Harness
Its condemnation does not take the least heed of mitigations.The Eddy
Clarence L. Cullen
- to make or become less severe or harsh; moderate
Word Origin and History for mitigations
early 15c., "relieve (pain)," from Latin mitigatus, past participle of mitigare "soften, make tender, ripen, mellow, tame," figuratively, "make mild or gentle, pacify, soothe," ultimately from mitis "gentle, soft" (from PIE *mei- "mild") + root of agere "do, make, act" (see act). First element is from PIE root *mei- "soft, mild." Related: Mitigated; mitigating; mitigates.
mid-14c., from Latin mitigationem (nominative mitigatio), noun of action from past participle stem of mitigare (see mitigate).
- To moderate in force or intensity.