Definition of mitigation in English:

mitigation

noun

  • The action of reducing the severity, seriousness, or painfulness of something.

    ‘the emphasis is on the identification and mitigation of pollution’
    • ‘They are working on mitigation and contingency responses for a range of scenarios.’
    • ‘This goes well beyond any formal obligation on environmental mitigation and protection.’
    • ‘It will work towards creating public awareness, mitigation and taking action when a calamity strikes.’
    • ‘These are the things that drive expected value, that mitigation seeks to reduce.’
    • ‘Not one of these forms of mitigation tells me what I want to know about art.’
    • ‘This guidance also needs to cover best practice for mitigation and compensation.’
    • ‘Only Zionism - so at least Zionists believe - can provide some mitigation of this great tragedy.’
    • ‘There is some mitigation owing to the relationships between the parties.’
    • ‘Anyway, disaster mitigation is typically not an area where partisan divisions are relevant.’
    • ‘Prevention is not on; and timely mitigation is the only plausible solution.’
    • ‘At that point, there will be aggravation from the state, mitigation from the defense.’
    • ‘By way of mitigation, the hospital's general manager added that the hospital was ten years old.’
    • ‘This is a strategy not of flood prevention but of flood mitigation and control.’
    alleviation, reduction, diminution, lessening, easing, weakening, lightening, assuagement, palliation, cushioning, dulling, deadening
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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’
      • ‘If he is not in attendance reference will be made to any statement in mitigation previously provided by the defendant.’
      • ‘In mitigation I must remind you: this was the beginning of the Seventies.’
      • ‘In mitigation, I am on the move and posted this from an internet cafe.’
      • ‘In mitigation, one couldn't help notice the wealth of talent on the sideline.’
      • ‘All that appears on the plea in mitigation is the fact that he believed that it contained ecstasy.’
      • ‘He accepted that, on the judge's findings, no deduction was to be made in respect of steps which could have been taken in mitigation.’
      • ‘It raises matters as to his conviction and in mitigation of sentence.’
      • ‘What is the remedy where a fraudulent plea in mitigation of sentence produces an inadequate sentence?’
      • ‘Your adviser can make a statement about your background or in mitigation of punishment.’
      • ‘In mitigation, the court heard that his ex-girlfriend was five months pregnant with their first child.’

Origin

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

Pronunciation

mitigation

/ˌmidəˈɡāSH(ə)n//ˌmɪdəˈɡeɪʃ(ə)n/