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Don’t judge her so harshly until you consider the mitigating circumstances.
  make less harmful or unpleasant
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mitigation mitigate mitigating mitigated unmitigated mitigates mitigable mitigative mitigator immitigable
Strongly Associated with:   exacerbate
Notes:
Standard prefix:  The standard prefix "un" in front of some forms of this word, means "not", such as unimportant is not important and unmitigated is not mitigated. Unmitigated is typically used to describe something bad and to say it is completely bad (the badness is not diminished in any way).

Standard prefix:  The standard prefix "im" in front of some forms of this word, means "not", such as impossible is not possible, and immitigable is not able to mitigate.
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  • Don’t judge her so harshly until you consider the mitigating circumstances.
  • The new factory is building privacy walls to mitigate its impact on neighbors.
  • We know that new industries will destroy old ones, so we want measures to mitigate the effect on older employees.
  • And, also, the law permits the offering of evidence toward the mitigation of punishment.
    Richard Wright  --  Native Son

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  • The third lesson is that even when a social problem is so vast as to be insoluble in its entirety, it’s still worth mitigating.
    Nicholas D. Kristof  --  Half the Sky
  • ...since the first day he came on board he had been an unmitigated nuisance...
    C.S. Lewis  --  The Voyage of the Dawn Trader
  • The term used by linguists to describe what Klotz was engaging in in that moment is "mitigated speech," which refers to any attempt to downplay or sugarcoat the meaning of what is being said.
    Malcolm Gladwell  --  Outliers
  • Can we not convict and yet mitigate the penalty?
    Herman Melville  --  Billy Budd
  • "Because people are slow learners, like your sister," Clara said, grinning at Betsey to mitigate the criticism.
    Larry McMurtry  --  Lonesome Dove
  • The sentence will be mitigated because of the circumstances.
    Christopher Paolini  --  Eragon

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  • He’d been a minor when it happened; there were mitigating circumstances, the judge would acknowledge his sorrow and take pity.
    Nicholas Sparks  --  A Bend in the Road
  • On the other hand, there could be mitigation in your case.
    John Le Carre  --  The Spy Who Came In From The Cold
  • The man was a danger to the community, an unmitigated scoundrel for whom there was neither pity nor excuse.
    Arthur Conan Doyle  --  The Hound of the Baskervilles
  • money mitigates many trials;
    Alexandre Dumas  --  The Count of Monte Cristo
  • I represented your failings in a plain light, for the purpose of mitigating her adoration.
    Emily Bronte  --  Wuthering Heights
  • He was intent on an audacious, immitigable, and supernatural revenge.
    Herman Melville  --  Moby Dick
  • with his mouth wide open, and his face expressive of the most unmitigated horror.
    Charles Dickens  --  Oliver Twist
  • I have spoke thus much
    To mitigate the justice of thy plea,
    Which if thou follow, this strict court of Venice
    Must needs give sentence ’gainst the merchant there.
    William Shakespeare  --  The Merchant of Venice
  • Would my conditions mitigate my guilt in this?
    Stephenie Meyer  --  The Host
  • None of that, however, had mitigated the reluctance of her publishers to bring out her complete collected works (tentatively called The Farthest Shore).
    Toni Morrison  --  Song of Solomon
  • My parents divorced in 1939 when I was ten. ... Letting me go with her was out of the question. ... My father tried to mitigate the loss for me by occupying me with a private tutor and riding lessons and art lessons. But nothing replaces a mother.
    Khaled Hosseini  --  And The Mountains Echoed
  • their motives were those of bigotry unmitigated
    Kurt Vonnegut  --  Slaughterhouse-Five
  • How can you say you don’t want a mitigation of sentence?
    Fyodor Dostoyevsky  --  Crime and Punishment
  • Not that the best friend didn’t have a few things to answer for, but, obviously, nothing Jacob had done could have mitigated my behavior.
    Stephenie Meyer  --  Breaking Dawn
  • I washed him slowly, and massaged oil into his body, hoping to mitigate the whiteness of it, hoping to give colour to his skin,
    Kamala Markandaya  --  Nectar in a Sieve
  • that I may mitigate their doom
    John Milton  --  Paradise Lost
  • ...he was desperate to hear Sirius’s own account of what had happened, to know of any mitigating factors there might have been, any excuse at all for his father’s behaviorů
    J.K. Rowling  --  Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix
  • The arc of his social rise intersected the arc of his friend’s decline, but Mr. Kernan’s decline was mitigated by the fact that certain of those friends who had known him at his highest point of success still esteemed him as a character.
    James Joyce  --  Dubliners
  • I knew that in our family the least mention of the guardia got instant, unmitigated attention.
    Julia Alvarez  --  How the Garcia Girls Lost Their Accents
  • ...without any mitigation or remorse of voice?
    William Shakespeare  --  Twelfth Night
  • as the fact of becoming a prince from a private station presupposes either ability or fortune, it is clear that one or other of these things will mitigate ... many difficulties.
    Nicolo Machiavelli  --  The Prince
  • But in time the affection of his family, the Sundays in the country, and the covetous attentions of the unmarried women of his class mitigated the bitterness of his first impression.
    Gabriel Garcia Marquez  --  Love in the Time of Cholera
  • The dislike, indeed, still subsisted; but it was penetrated here and there by the perception of mitigating qualities in him:
    Edith Wharton  --  The House of Mirth
  • the gnawing, unmitigated, agonizing pain
    Leo Tolstoy  --  The Death of Ivan Ilych
  • Any doubtfulness of the fact, or any circumstance of mitigation, was never disregarded:
    Henry Fielding  --  Tom Jones
  • His dark, square countenance ... would, perhaps, have been rather stern, had not the gentleman considerately taken upon himself to mitigate the harsh effect by a look of exceeding good-humor and benevolence.
    Nathaniel Hawthorne  --  The House of the Seven Gables
  • This mitigating circumstance prevents us from coming to a verdict.
    Milan Kundera  --  The Unbearable Lightness of Being
  • the misunderstanding ... would be mitigated.
    Dave Eggers  --  Zeitoun
  • The intended slight was emphasised by ... and by the uniform wording of the notes, in all of which the writers "regretted that they were unable to accept," without the mitigating plea of a "previous engagement" that ordinary courtesy prescribed.
    Edith Wharton  --  The Age of Innocence
  • She smiled at Lane—in a sense, genuinely—and at that moment a smile in return might at least have mitigated to some small extent certain events that were to follow, but...
    J.D. Salinger  --  Franny and Zooey
  • Even at the age of twenty- seven Austin Sloper had made his mark sufficiently to mitigate the anomaly of his having been chosen among a dozen suitors by a young woman of high fashion, who had ten thousand dollars of income and the most charming eyes in the island of Manhattan.
    Henry James  --  Washington Square
  • To mitigate the scorn he gives his uncle,
    He prettily and aptly taunts himself:
    William Shakespeare  --  The Life and Death of King Richard III
  • He had never felt such a rush of pure, unmitigated joy.
    Henry H. Neff  --  The Maelstrom
  • whatever the value of unmitigated masculinity upon the state, one may question the effect of it upon the art of poetry.
    Virginia Woolf  --  A Room of One’s Own
  • In another time, if I felt it unavoidable, I would have presented the fact solely to mitigate the ill sweep of my own activities.
    Chang-rae Lee  --  Native Speaker
  • Nothing you have said is any defense, nor even any mitigation; you don’t seem to know the score nor have any idea of your duty as a soldier.
    Robert A. Heinlein  --  Starship Troopers
  • Veterans of the factory knew that these didn’t prevent or mitigate the accidents, nor did they protect workers from heat exhaustion or respiratory diseases.
    W. William Winokur  --  The Perfect Game
  • Merely to over-ride a human will (as His felt presence in any but the faintest and most mitigated degree would certainly do) would be for Him useless.
    C.S. Lewis  --  The Screwtape Letters
  • ...seeking only to mitigate the last pangs of the patient whom he could not save.
    Nathaniel Hawthorne  --  The Minister’s Black Veil
  • unmitigated rancour
    William Shakespeare  --  Much Ado About Nothing
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Associated words [difficulty]:   mitigate [2] , exacerbate [5]
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