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mitigate
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Definition make less harmful or unpleasant
  • Don't judge her so harshly until you consider the mitigating circumstances.
mitigating = making less harmful or unpleasant
  • We know that new industries will destroy old ones, so we want measures to mitigate the effect on older employees.
  • The new factory is building privacy walls to mitigate its impact on neighbors.
  • mitigate = make less harmful or unpleasant
  • And, also, the law permits the offering of evidence toward the mitigation of punishment.
    Richard Wright  --  Native Son
  • mitigation = reduction (of something bad)
  • 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
  • mitigating = making less harmful or unpleasant
  • ...since the first day he came on board he had been an unmitigated nuisance...
    C.S. Lewis  --  The Voyage of the Dawn Trader
  • unmitigated = complete
    (editor's note:  The prefix "un-" in unmitigated means not and reverses the meaning of mitigated. This is the same pattern you see in words like unhappy, unknown, and unlucky.)
  • Can we not convict and yet mitigate the penalty?
    Herman Melville  --  Billy Budd
  • mitigate = make less harmful or unpleasant
  • "Because people are slow learners, like your sister," Clara said, grinning at Betsey to mitigate the criticism.
    Larry McMurtry  --  Lonesome Dove
  • mitigate = make less harmful or unpleasant
  • 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
  • mitigated = reduced in harm or unpleasantness
  • 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
  • mitigating = making less harmful
  • The sentence will be mitigated because of the circumstances.
    Christopher Paolini  --  Eragon
  • mitigated = made less unpleasant
  • On the other hand, there could be mitigation in your case.
    John Le Carre  --  The Spy Who Came In From The Cold
  • mitigation = reduction in harm or unpleasantness
  • He had never felt such a rush of pure, unmitigated joy.
    Henry H. Neff  --  The Maelstrom
  • unmitigated = complete (not diminished)
    (editor's note:  The prefix "un-" in unmitigated means not and reverses the meaning of mitigated. This is the same pattern you see in words like unhappy, unknown, and unlucky.)
  • 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
  • mitigating = making less unpleasant
  • money mitigates many trials;
    Alexandre Dumas  --  The Count of Monte Cristo
  • mitigates = makes less harmful or unpleasant
  • 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
  • mitigate = make less harmful or unpleasant
  • 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
  • unmitigated = complete (not diminished)
    (editor's note:  The prefix "un-" in unmitigated means not and reverses the meaning of mitigated. This is the same pattern you see in words like unhappy, unknown, and unlucky.)
  • How can you say you don't want a mitigation of sentence?
    Fyodor Dostoyevsky  --  Crime and Punishment
  • mitigation = reduction (in harm or unpleasantness)
  • ...seeking only to mitigate the last pangs of the patient whom he could not save.
    Nathaniel Hawthorne  --  The Minister's Black Veil
  • mitigate = make less harmful or unpleasant
  • Would my conditions mitigate my guilt in this?
    Stephenie Meyer  --  The Host
mitigate = reduce (make less harmful)

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