1 lessen or to try to lessen the seriousness or extent of; "The circumstances extenuate the crime" [syn: extenuate, palliate]
2 make less severe or harsh; "mitigating circumstances"
- 1795 — George
Seventh State of the Union Address
- Measures are pursuing to prevent or mitigate the usual consequences of such outrages, and with the hope of their succeeding at least to avert general hostility.
- 1813 — James
Fifth State of the Union Address
- But in yielding to it the retaliation has been mitigated as much as possible, both in its extent and in its character...
- 1896 — Walter
The Case Against Vaccination
- Then they tell us that vaccination will mitigate the disease that it will make it milder.
- 1901 — H. G.
The First Men in the Moon, ch 7
- Then I discovered the brilliance of the landscape around was mitigated by blue spectacles.
- 1920 — H. P.
Cats of Ulthar
- The plague had not been kind to him, yet had left him this small furry thing to mitigate his sorrow; and when one is very young, one can find great relief in the lively antics of a black kitten.
to reduce, lessen, or decrease
Mitigation may refer to:
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