from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English.

  • adjective serving to reduce blame; -- of situations. Opposite of aggravating.

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  • verb Present participle of mitigate.
  • adjective that serves to mitigate


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  • BEHAR: I know but I worry about the defense coming up with what they call mitigating circumstances.

    CNN Transcript Nov 18, 2009

  • They, in turn, will lay out what they call mitigating factors against death penalty.

    CNN Transcript Apr 10, 2006

  • HILLAH KATZ, TRIAL ATTORNEY: Well, it ` s the best defense that actually they probably may have, because, Nancy, the truth of the matter is, when we look at aggravating offenses, which the state will present for the purpose of the death penalty, the defense counsel for Mr. Inman better have very good what we call mitigating factors, really good reasons why this man does not deserve either electrocution or a lethal injection.

    CNN Transcript Jun 7, 2006

  • That's partly because many Republicans share a common interest in mitigating the rise of Islamist terrorism.

    In Southeast Asia, Democrats' Losses Prompt Worries

  • The Member States consider this set of legislative proposals very important, not least because of the current economic downturn and the role the sector of information and communication technologies can play in mitigating its impact.

    Tuigim anois

  • Conciliation Committee, having the confidence of the community, and composed of men possessing practical knowledge of industrial affairs, can therefore aid in mitigating this antagonism, in preventing avoidable conflicts, in bringing about a TRUCE; I use the word 'truce' because understandings can only be temporary.


  • Giving the Oncler ownership of the truffula trees does not protect them because Oncler has no interest in mitigating the harm to the environment he is causing.

    The Volokh Conspiracy » The Lesson of the Lorax:

  • He stated that the World Bank should be the "knowledge manager" regarding renewable energy/energy efficiency technologies and that the institution has a role to play in mitigating investors 'doubts in the renewable energy industry.

    Chad Dobson: Energy Poverty: NGOs Question How the World Bank Will Bring Power to the Powerless

  • First, the study suggests that schools can play a huge role in mitigating the effects of poverty on student achievement.

    Alan Gottlieb: Fighting Over Common Ground

  • Environmental organizations were quick to point out the involvement from the start in mitigating the disaster by local fishermen, the tourism sector and the local population.

    Galápagos National Park & Galápagos Marine Resources Reserve, Ecuador


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