- mitigating circumstances,
verb (used with object), mit·i·gat·ed, mit·i·gat·ing.
verb (used without object), mit·i·gat·ed, mit·i·gat·ing.
Origin of mitigate
Examples from the Web for mitigations
There were mitigations of the misrule in Piedmont, Tuscany, and the Austrian territories.The Life of Mazzini|Bolton King
We are slaves here, Leta, but even that fate may have its mitigations and happiness for us.'
He was the leader of the rigorous party in the Franciscan order against the mitigations introduced by the general Elias.
He held fast to eternal punishment, but allowed the possibility of mitigations.
There are, in short, mitigations of their lot, and possibly excuses for their existence.Double Harness|Anthony Hope
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.
mid-14c., from Latin mitigationem (nominative mitigatio), noun of action from past participle stem of mitigare (see mitigate).