Hyper Dictionary

English Dictionary Computer Dictionary Video Dictionary Thesaurus Dream Dictionary Medical Dictionary

Search Dictionary:  


Pronunciation:  m`itig'eyshun

WordNet Dictionary
  1. [n]  to act in such a way as to cause an offense to seem less serious
  2. [n]  a partial excuse to mitigate censure; an attempt to represent an offense as less serious than it appears by showing mitigating circumstances

MITIGATION is a 10 letter word that starts with M.


 Synonyms: extenuation, extenuation, palliation
 See Also: alibi, decrease, diminution, exculpation, excuse, reduction, self-justification, step-down



Webster's 1913 Dictionary
\Mit`i*ga"tion\, n. [OE. mitigacioun, F. mitigation,
fr. L. mitigatio.]
The act of mitigating, or the state of being mitigated;
abatement or diminution of anything painful, harsh, severe,
afflictive, or calamitous; as, the mitigation of pain, grief,
rigor, severity, punishment, or penalty.

Syn: Alleviation; abatement; relief.

Biology Dictionary
  1. Mitigation includes any one or more of the following approaches with an emphasis on attempting those measures in the sequence in which they are listed:
    1. avoiding the impact altogether by not taking a certain action or parts of an action;
    2. minimizing impacts by limiting the degree or magnitude of the action and its implementation;
    3. rectifying the impact by repairing, rehabilitating, or restoring the impacted environment;
    4. reducing or eliminating the impact over time by preservation and maintenance operations during the life of the action; and
    5. compensating for the impact by replacing or providing substitute resources or environments.
  2. Measures added to a project to reduce, prevent, or correct its impact. This term is sometimes used interchangeably with “compensation” which accurately means “replacement.”
Legal Dictionary
 Definition: A reduction, abatement, or diminution of a penalty or punishment imposed by law.
Thesaurus Terms
 Related Terms: abatement, about-face, abridgment, accommodation, adaptation, adjustment, allayment, alleviation, allowance, alteration, amelioration, analgesia, anesthesia, anesthetizing, apostasy, appeasement, assuagement, attenuation, attrition, benevolence, betterment, blunting, break, calming, change, change of heart, changeableness, clemency, color, commiseration, compassion, condolence, constructive change, continuity, contraction, conversion, dampening, damping, deadening, debilitation, decontamination, decrease, decrement, decrescence, deduction, defection, deflation, degeneration, degenerative change, demulsion, depreciation, depression, deterioration, deviation, devitalization, difference, dilution, diminishment, diminution, discontinuity, divergence, diversification, diversion, diversity, dulcification, dulling, dying, dying off, ease, easement, easing, effemination, enervation, enfeeblement, evisceration, exhaustion, extenuating circumstances, extenuation, extenuative, fade-out, falling-off, fatigue, favor, feeling, fitting, flip-flop, forbearance, forgiveness, gilding, gloss, grace, gradual change, humanity, hushing, improvement, inanition, kindness, languishment, leniency, lessening, letdown, letup, lightening, loosening, lowering, lulling, melioration, mercy, miniaturization, modification, modulation, mollification, numbing, overthrow, pacification, palliation, palliative, pardon, pathos, pity, qualification, quarter, quietening, quieting, radical change, realignment, re-creation, redesign, reduction, reform, reformation, relaxation, relief, remaking, remedy, remission, renewal, reprieve, reshaping, restructuring, reversal, revival, revivification, revolution, ruth, sagging, salving, scaling down, self-pity, shift, simplicity, slackening, softening, soothing, subduement, subtraction, sudden change, switch, sympathy, tempering, thinning, total change, tranquilization, transition, turn, turnabout, upheaval, variation, variety, varnish, violent change, weakening, whitewash, whitewashing, worsening