Definition of mitigate in English:


Syllabification: mit·i·gate
Pronunciation: /ˈmitəˌgāt


[with object]



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  • Routine infrastructure projects such as highway construction are said to have predictable and mitigable environmental effects.
  • This is mitigable via proper sequencing of restoration projects and the Control Program.
  • All impacts were found to be mitigable to levels of insignificance.


Pronunciation: /-ˌgātər/
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  • The groom is a loss mitigator at a mortgage company.
  • Standing is a partial mitigator and forsaking tasks altogether is another.
  • If I can stick it out it will be a good mitigator of my perfectionism too.


Pronunciation: /-gəˌtôrē/
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  • If His Honour is rejecting any mitigatory effect of the plea in isolation it would be difficult, in my respectful opinion, to fit it into one or more of those categories in the absence of contrition.
  • Although he is careful to add a mitigatory rider.
  • If one looks at the common law mitigatory factors such as youth, mental illness and things of that nature, they can significantly reduce a sentence.


late Middle English: from Latin mitigat- 'softened, alleviated', from the verb mitigare, from mitis 'mild'.


The verbs mitigate and militate have a similarity in form but are quite different in meaning. Mitigate means ‘make (something bad) less severe,’ ( he wanted to mitigate misery in the world ), while militate is nearly always used in constructions with against to mean ‘be a powerful factor in preventing’ ( laws that militate against personal freedoms ).

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