Definition of mitigation noun from the Oxford Advanced Learner's Dictionary



BrE BrE//ˌmɪtɪˈɡeɪʃn//
; NAmE NAmE//ˌmɪtɪˈɡeɪʃn//
[uncountable] (formal)
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  • a reduction in how unpleasant, serious, etc. something is
  • Word Originlate Middle English: from Old French, or from Latin mitigatio(n-), from the verb mitigare ‘alleviate’, from mitis ‘mild’.Idioms (law) with the aim of making a crime seem less serious or easier to forgive In mitigation, the defence lawyer said his client was seriously depressed at the time of the assault.
    See the Oxford Advanced American Dictionary entry: mitigation