Definition of mitigating adjective from the Oxford Advanced American Dictionary

 

mitigating

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adjective
NAmE//ˈmɪt̮əˌɡeɪt̮ɪŋ//
 
[only before noun]mitigating circumstances/factors(formal or law)
 
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circumstances or factors that make a crime or someone's actions easier to understand, so that the punishment may be less severe
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