- 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 mitigatingdull, lessen, ease, relieve, reduce, temper, soothe, alleviate, mollify, allay, soften, blunt, assuage, weaken, moderate, appease, subdue, palliate, extenuate, modify
Examples from the Web for mitigating
Contemporary Examples of mitigating
It is tasked with mitigating environmental destruction brought on by three and a half decades of torrid growth.Why China Won’t Eclipse the United States
June 12, 2014
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’
August 21, 2013
Naturally, mitigating the financial burden of raising children would make it easier to decide to have more of them.America’s One-Child Policy
July 17, 2013
The one mitigating circumstance I can offer the mute court of existence is that I am only tuned in (and turned off) 24-six.I Don't Text on Shabbas
June 17, 2013
Mitigating the threat posed by transferred detainees is an inherently difficult proposition.Obama, Not Congress, Is the Reason Guantánamo Is Still Open
May 3, 2013
Historical Examples of mitigating
The only mitigating feature of the business was that the matter to be reported was only a concert.The Foolish Lovers
St. John G. Ervine
It may be noted, however, that he showed no signs of mitigating their distress.The Swedish Revolution Under Gustavus Vasa
Paul Barron Watson
But, with the slave, all these mitigating circumstances are wanting.My Bondage and My Freedom
And for mitigating the strictures of my report, eh, Monsieur?The Nabob, Vol. 2 (of 2)
Extreme provocation may be a mitigating —— in a case of homicide.English Synonyms and Antonyms
James Champlin Fernald
- to make or become less severe or harsh; moderate
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.
- To moderate in force or intensity.