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Noun: mitigation  ,mi-ti'gey-shun
  1. To act in such a way as to cause an offence to seem less serious
    - extenuation, palliation
  2. A partial excuse to mitigate censure; an attempt to represent an offence as less serious than it appears by showing mitigating circumstances
    - extenuation
  3. The action of lessening in severity or intensity
    "the object being control or mitigation of economic depressions";
    - moderation

Derived forms: mitigations

Type of: alibi, decrease, diminution, exculpation, excuse, reduction, self-justification, step-down

Encyclopedia: Mitigation