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mitigation (n.)

late 14c., mitigacioun "alleviation or diminution of sorrow, pain, or anything harsh, painful, severe, etc." (mid-14c. in Anglo-French), from Latin mitigationem (nominative mitigatio) "a seething," noun of action from past-participle stem of mitigare (see mitigate).

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Definitions of mitigation

mitigation (n.)
to act in such a way as to cause an offense to seem less serious;
Synonyms: extenuation / palliation
mitigation (n.)
a partial excuse to mitigate censure; an attempt to represent an offense as less serious than it appears by showing mitigating circumstances;
Synonyms: extenuation
mitigation (n.)
the action of lessening in severity or intensity;
Synonyms: moderation
From wordnet.princeton.edu