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Verb: mitigate  'mi-ti,geyt
  1. (law) lessen or to try to lessen the seriousness or extent of
    "The circumstances mitigate the crime";
    - extenuate, palliate
     
  2. Make less severe or harsh
    "mitigating circumstances"

Derived forms: mitigates, mitigating, mitigated

Type of: apologise [Brit], apologize, decrease, excuse, justify, lessen, minify, rationalise [Brit], rationalize

Encyclopedia: Mitigate