verb (used with object), mit·i·gat·ed, mit·i·gat·ing.
verb (used without object), mit·i·gat·ed, mit·i·gat·ing.
- mitigating circumstances,
Origin of mitigate
Examples from the Web for mitigating
It is tasked with mitigating environmental destruction brought on by three and a half decades of torrid growth.
The defense strategy at trial was as much about mitigating as acquitting.Bradley Manning: ‘I Will Recover From This ... This Is Just a Stage in My Life’|Alexa O'Brien|August 21, 2013|DAILY BEAST
Naturally, mitigating the financial burden of raising children would make it easier to decide to have more of them.
The one mitigating circumstance I can offer the mute court of existence is that I am only tuned in (and turned off) 24-six.
Mitigating the threat posed by transferred detainees is an inherently difficult proposition.Obama, Not Congress, Is the Reason Guantánamo Is Still Open|Thomas Joscelyn|May 3, 2013|DAILY BEAST
The measures adopted were signally successful, both in saving life and in mitigating distress.
But while due allowance is made for mitigating circumstances, the pupil is cautioned against relying on them in future.Outlines of Educational Doctrine|John Frederick Herbart
That is a mitigating circumstance, I admit, but it cannot nullify judgment, only soften it.Plays: The Father; Countess Julie; The Outlaw; The Stronger|August Strindberg
This is a new and pleasant boat, almost 6,000 tons and fitted up with every contrivance for mitigating heat.Letters from Mesopotamia|Robert Palmer
Travelling, indeed, through any climes, may be expected to exert this mitigating influence upon the mind.Early Reviews of English Poets|John Louis Haney
Word Origin for mitigate
"extenuating," 1610s, present participle adjective from 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.