- 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 mitigatoryemollient, pianissimo, demulcent, lenitive, crumbly, ductile, flaccid, friable, lenient, malleable, pliable, assuasive, emulsive, mitigatory, mollescent
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Historical Examples of mitigatory
As if she were a part, a mitigatory part of Fate, came Gwendolen to lay the midday meal.Kipps
H. G. Wells
- 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.