[ mit-i-gey-ting ]
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  1. lessening the force, intensity, or severity of something, as punishment, danger, pain, anger, etc. (sometimes used in combination):The defense made only brief mention of his intellectual disability and the beatings he suffered—mitigating circumstances that could have changed the trial’s outcome.As a responsible bank, we take various risk-mitigating measures to protect the interests of our customers.

  1. the act or fact of lessening the force, severity, etc., of something:Seven organizations have agreed to contribute microsatellites dedicated to the monitoring and mitigating of man-made and natural disasters.

Origin of mitigating

First recorded in 1565–75; mitigat(e) + -ing2 for the adjective; mitigat(e) + -ing1 for the noun
  • Rarely mit·i·ga·tive [mit-i-guh-tiv], /ˈmɪt ɪ gəˌtɪv/, mit·i·ga·to·ry [mit-i-guh-tawr-ee] /ˈmɪt ɪ gəˌtɔr i/ .

Other words from mitigating

  • non·mit·i·ga·tive, non·mit·i·ga·to·ry, adjective
  • un·mit·i·ga·tive, adjective

Words Nearby mitigating Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2024

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