Definition of mitigation in English:

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mitigation

Pronunciation: /mɪtɪˈɡeɪʃ(ə)n/

noun

[mass noun]
The action of reducing the severity, seriousness, or painfulness of something: the identification and mitigation of pollution
More example sentences
  • 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.
Synonyms
alleviation, reduction, diminution, lessening, easing, weakening, lightening, assuagement, palliation, cushioning, dulling, deadening;
soothing, softening, relief

Phrases

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
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.

Origin

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

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