Definition of mitigation in English:

mitigation

Line breaks: miti|ga¦tion
Pronunciation: /mɪtɪˈgeɪʃ(ə)n
 
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noun

[mass noun]

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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