Definition of mitigating in US English:

mitigating

adjective

  • 1Having the effect of making something bad less severe, serious, or painful.

    ‘it should have a mitigating effect on the frequency of minor flooding events’
    alleviate, reduce, diminish, lessen, weaken, lighten, attenuate, take the edge off, allay, ease, assuage, palliate, cushion, damp, deaden, dull, appease, soothe, relieve, help, soften, temper, still, quell, quieten, quiet, tone down, blunt, dilute, moderate, modify, abate, lull, pacify, placate, mollify, sweeten, tranquillize, remit, extenuate, excuse, commute
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    1. 1.1 Lessening the gravity of an offense or mistake.
      ‘he would have faced a prison sentence but for mitigating circumstances’
      extenuating, exonerative, justificatory, justifying, vindicatory, vindicating, exculpatory, palliative, qualifying, moderating, modifying, tempering, lessening
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Pronunciation

mitigating

/ˈmɪdəˌɡeɪdɪŋ//ˈmidəˌɡādiNG/