• WordNet 3.6
    • v mitigate make less severe or harsh "mitigating circumstances"
    • v mitigate lessen or to try to lessen the seriousness or extent of "The circumstances extenuate the crime"
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
    • Mitigate To make less severe, intense, harsh, rigorous, painful, etc.; to soften; to meliorate; to alleviate; to diminish; to lessen; as, to mitigate heat or cold; to mitigate grief.
    • Mitigate To make mild and accessible; to mollify; -- applied to persons. "This opinion . . . mitigated kings into companions."
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
    • mitigate To make milder or more tolerable; reduce in amount or degree, as something objectionable, reprehensible, distressing, harmful, etc.; moderate; alleviate; assuage.
    • mitigate To soften; mollify; make mild and accessible.
    • mitigate Synonyms Alleviate, Relieve, etc. See alleviate.
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
    • v.t Mitigate mit′i-gāt to make more easily borne: to lessen the severity of: to temper: to reduce in amount (as evil)
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  • Tryon Edwards
    “To rejoice in another's prosperity is to give content to your lot; to mitigate another's grief is to alleviate or dispel your own.”
  • Marshall Mcluhan
    “It is critical vision alone which can mitigate the unimpeded operation of the automatic.”
  • King Jr. Martin Luther
    “We have genuflected before the god of science only to find that it has given us the atomic bomb, producing fears and anxieties that science can never mitigate.”


Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
L. mitigatus, p. p. of mitigare, to soften, mitigate; mitis, mild, soft + the root of agere, to do, drive
Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
L. mitigāre, -atummitis, mild.


In literature:

Such a plea might, indeed, secure a mitigation of sentence, but never a verdict of acquittal.
"Play-Making" by William Archer
Such a law would mitigate, though it might not prevent, the evil.
"A Compilation of the Messages and Papers of the Presidents" by James D. Richardson
A single fish, or a bird or squirrel, now and then, serves to mitigate, if it does not satisfy, hunger.
"Personal Memoirs Of A Residence Of Thirty Years With The Indian Tribes On The American Frontiers" by Henry Rowe Schoolcraft
One mitigation I might have set against the rest.
"No Hero" by E.W. Hornung
She was therefore no mitigation of Stella's loneliness.
"Big Timber" by Bertrand W. Sinclair
The condition of the slaves was very much mitigated by the efforts which were made for their entire freedom.
"The Anti-Slavery Examiner, Part 2 of 4" by American Anti-Slavery Society
The condition of the slaves was very much mitigated by the efforts which were made for their entire freedom.
"The Anti-Slavery Examiner, Omnibus" by American Anti-Slavery Society
No mitigation of the Wilkins visitation had entered into our lives.
"The Booming of Acre Hill" by John Kendrick Bangs
The father of her present husband was led by motives of pure humanity to seek to mitigate the misfortunes of the dying Italian.
"Caleb Williams" by William Godwin
Wieck's enmity to Schumann had been somewhat mitigated after two years of meeting no opposition.
"The Love Affairs of Great Musicians, Volume 2" by Rupert Hughes

In poetry:

One careless arm around the boy was flung,
Not undeserving of that free caress;
But warm and true, and of a heart and tongue,
To heighten bliss, or mitigate distress.
"Sardius In His Pavilion With Altheetor" by Maria Gowen Brooks
If God against thee is incens'd with rage,
If he has scourg'd thee with distempers dire,
The Lamb's dear Blood his anger will assuage,
And briny tears will mitigate his ire.
"Advice To The Sick" by Rees Prichard
Avert thine eyes. Lapse softly from my sight,
Call not my name, nor heed if thine I crave,
So shalt thou sink through mitigated night
And bathe thee in the all-effacing wave.
"Moonrise Over Tyringham" by Edith Wharton
"NO, fair DANCINDA, no; you strive in vain
"To calm my care and mitigate my pain ;
"If all my sighs, my cares, can fail to move,
"Ah! sooth me not with fruitless vows of love."
"Wednesday, the Tête à Tête" by Mary Wortley Montagu
AND thus, at length his plaintive lip express'd
The mitigated pang; 't is sometimes so
When grief meets genius in the mortal breast,
And words, most deeply sweet, betray subsided woe.
"Zophiel’s Lament Over Altheetor" by Maria Gowen Brooks
The Thracian bard, as poets tell,
Could mitigate the powers of hell,
Even Pluto's nicer ear:
His arts, no more than Love's, we find
To deities or men confined,
Drew brutes in crowds to hear.
"Love and Music. Written at Oxford, When Young" by William Shenstone

In news:

The market has since developed means of mitigating the risks associated with using open source code.
Precision component manufacturers are increasingly specifying the monitoring and documentation of residual contamination limit values as a means to mitigate both costs and product quality issues.
But are we truly unable to mitigate the nauseating ups and downs in the stock market.
Between two-thirds and three-fourths of Wyffels seed fields are irrigated, which mitigated extreme drought losses, Hartz says.
Selenium Mitigation Achieved in Cooling Water Discharge.
Mitigation fees paid by the Salt Lake City-based corporation have become a major — if unpredictable — source of funding for county government.
Second-stage tests will use Trimble's Ti GNSS Choke Ring Antennas to improve multipath mitigation for even greater precision.
A bill could help mitigate the practice in California.
To mitigate the number of product shortages until August, Henkel announced that it would suspend production of Purex Complete Crystals softener 's Tropical Splash variety, which is 1-of-3 scents the brand produces.
Multichannel customer communications platform enables organizations to mitigate risks and meet compliance requirements.
SoundBite Communications this week released its Compliance Solution Suite to help contact centers for accounts receivable management organizations mitigate compliance risks.
It also includes information on mitigating spray drift, plant biology, and advancements in product chemistries.
The announcement introduces a solution designed to mitigate risk and ease the burden of regulatory compliance by centralizing and managing the lifecycle of business-critical spreadsheets .
Austin Hennigan trimmed a pine tree he cut down as part of fire mitigation work around the Shambhala Mountain Center water tank on Frida, June 15, 2012.
Companies to offer combined solution for supply chain risk mitigation.

In science:

The problem of space debris is similar to other international environmental problems in that there is a potential for a tragedy of the commons effect–individual nations bear all the cost of their mitigation measures but share only a fraction of the benefit.
Model of an International Environmental Agreement among Asymmetric Nations applied to Debris Mitigation
Consequently, nations have a tendency to underinvest in mitigation.
Model of an International Environmental Agreement among Asymmetric Nations applied to Debris Mitigation
We combine these two models with empirical launch share data for a “proof of concept” of an IEA for a single mitigation measure, deorbiting spacecraft at the end of operational lifetime.
Model of an International Environmental Agreement among Asymmetric Nations applied to Debris Mitigation
In a time-correlated single-photon counting experiment, the effect of the dark count rate can be mitigated by gating or time binning.
Operating quantum waveguide circuits with superconducting single-photon detectors
To mitigate this problem, a coronagraphic image of a reference star was taken just after our science target observations, with the same instrumental settings, to serve for speckle calibration in an image-subtraction process.
Searching for sub-stellar companion into the LkCa15 proto-planetary disk