- 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
Related Words for mitigateddull, lessen, ease, relieve, reduce, temper, soothe, alleviate, mollify, allay, soften, blunt, assuage, weaken, moderate, appease, subdue, palliate, extenuate, modify
Examples from the Web for mitigated
Contemporary Examples of mitigated
For a while the financial costs to our family were mitigated.Medicaid Will Give You Money for At-Home Care, but You Might Wait Years
December 2, 2014
But more often, the inclusion of people of color is limited or mitigated by oddly retrograde cultural politics.Scarlett Johansson Vs. the Faceless Men of Color
July 29, 2014
The pre-air controversy is mitigated by the fact that Riley and Huey are played by the same actor.Aaron McGruder’s ‘The Boondocks’ Returns Without Aaron McGruder
April 21, 2014
Do these manipulations of nature sometimes cause ill effects that must be managed or mitigated?Warning: “Natural Medicine” Is Often Code for “Pseudoscience”
April 3, 2014
He said yes, but his yes was so mitigated, that I convinced myself he was being polite.André Aciman: How I Write
November 28, 2012
Historical Examples of mitigated
The night mitigated the blunders of his temperament, it seemed.A Spirit in Prison
It is, we will suppose, of so mitigated a quality as never to have had the power to kill.Shelley, Godwin and Their Circle
H. N. Brailsford
Deeper in the forest the battering of the rain was mitigated.
Oh my solitude will be mitigated—I shall have models and people.The Tragic Muse
The unavoidable detachment from the mob was mitigated by simple pleasures.Greener Than You Think
- to make or become less severe or harsh; moderate
Word Origin for mitigate
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.
- To moderate in force or intensity.