mitigate was our Word of the Day on 11/08/2013. Hear the podcast!
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Is mitigate against correct?
- some intangible and invisible social force that mitigates against him
- —William Faulkner
Examples of mitigate in a Sentence
- At the far end of the room is a sliding glass door, taped with an X to mitigate shattering. The framing is flimsy, and rattles from mortar rounds even a half mile away. —William Langewiesche, Atlantic, May 2005
- … a genre novel whose inevitable cinematic ending doesn't mitigate the visceral and emotional power of what has come before. It lingers in the memory like a very bad dream. —Joyce Carol Oates, New York Review of Books, 14 Aug. 2003
- For 65 holes Norman dominated the classic rolling fairways and small, subtle greens of Olympic … with driving and iron play so solid that it mitigated mediocre putting. —Jaime Diaz, Sports Illustrated, 8 Nov. 1993
Emergency funds are being provided to help mitigate the effects of the disaster.
medicines used to mitigate a patient's suffering
Recent Examples of mitigate from the Web
The net result is that the Trump administration is doing little to either mitigate or adapt to rising temperatures.
While clean energy initiatives race to catch up with rising atmospheric greenhouse gases, geoengineering projects may be a way to mitigate rising sea levels.
These findings highlight and quantify the value of international policy commitments through agreements that mitigate uncertainty, particularly during downturns.
There's also the desire to mitigate risk—of getting as much information as possible to determine whether or not a player is worth the investment.
Will the development team consider ways to mitigate the storm water runoffs by using innovative landscape elements and green infrastructure and low impact design strategies such (as) bioretention areas, filtration strips and pervious pavement?
Louisville later imposed scholarship and recruiting restrictions in an effort to mitigate further NCAA discipline.
Two drugs currently approved for the treatment of MS act by shifting the population of T cells in patients to look more like those seen in male mice, to the kinds of T cells that mitigate inflammation rather than those that promote it.
Quarterback Josh Jackson returns with a year of starting experience under his belt, and Fuente has recruited well enough to mitigate the loss of six starters on a defensive unit that was one of the nation’s best last year.
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mitigate or militate?
Would it be correct to say, "His boyish appearance mitigated against his getting an early promotion"? Most usage commentators would say "no." They feel such examples demonstrate a long-standing confusion between mitigate and the look-alike militate. Those two words are not closely related etymologically (mitigate descends from the Latin verb mitigare, meaning "to soften," whereas militate traces to militare, another Latin verb that means "to engage in warfare"), nor are they particularly close in meaning (militate means "to have weight or effect"). The confusion between the two has existed for long enough that one commentator thinks "mitigate against" should be accepted as an idiomatic alternative to militate, but if you want to avoid criticism, you should keep mitigate and militate distinct.
Synonym Discussion of mitigate
- took an aspirin to relieve the pain
- the lotion alleviated the itching
- good news would lighten our worries
- ocean breezes assuaged the intense heat
- the need to mitigate barbaric laws
- allayed their fears
MITIGATE Defined for English Language Learners
Definition of mitigate for English Language Learners
: to make (something) less severe, harmful, or painful
legal Definition of mitigate
- a failure to mitigate
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