So as to make something, especially a crime, appear less serious and thus be punished more leniently: in mitigation she said her client had been deeply depressed
More example sentences
- All that appears on the plea in mitigation is the fact that he believed that it contained ecstasy.
- If he is not in attendance reference will be made to any statement in mitigation previously provided by the defendant.
- It raises matters as to his conviction and in mitigation of sentence.
Definition of in mitigation in:
- The British & World English dictionary