- Mitigate is defined as to make something less severe, less harsh or less painful.
An example of mitigate is to reduce a prison sentence.
mitigate definition by Webster's New World
- to make or become milder, less severe, less rigorous, or less painful; moderate
Origin: < confusion with militateto operate or work (against): generally considered a loose or erroneous usage
Origin: Middle English mitigaten ; from Classical Latin mitigatus, past participle of mitigare, to make mild, soft, or tender ; from mitis, soft (see mignon) plush agere, to drive: see act
mitigate definition by American Heritage Dictionary
verb mit·i·gat·ed, mit·i·gat·ing, mit·i·gates verb, transitive
Origin: Middle English mitigaten, from Latin mītigāre, mītigāt- : mītis, soft + agere, to drive, do; see act.
- mitˈi·ga·ble adjective
- mitˌi·gaˈtion noun
- mitˈi·gaˌtive, mitˈi·ga·toˌry adjective
- mitˈi·gaˌtor noun
mitigate - Medical Definition
- mitigation noun