Definition of mitigation in English:

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Pronunciation: /ˌmidəˈɡāSH(ə)n/


The action of reducing the severity, seriousness, or painfulness of something: the emphasis is on the identification and mitigation of pollution
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  • These are the things that drive expected value, that mitigation seeks to reduce.
  • It will work towards creating public awareness, mitigation and taking action when a calamity strikes.
  • Prevention is not on; and timely mitigation is the only plausible solution.


in mitigation

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
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  • 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.


Late Middle English: from Old French, or from Latin mitigatio(n-), from the verb mitigare 'alleviate' (see mitigate).

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Syllabification: mit·i·ga·tion

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