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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
Twitter declined to make simple changes that would've mitigated the problem -- like requiring a phone number to make an account or labeling bot accounts with a digital marker, according to some of the employees.
This was a night of great ratings and viewership (7 million, baby), and of host Ryan Gosling’s barely mitigated giggles.
Delaying school starts could mitigate this risk, the Massachusetts draft report said.
It is known that periods of nighttime relief help to mitigate the peaks.
None of these problems is completely avoidable, but each could be mitigated.
Thanksgiving is coming, and with it the requisite family time that can be mitigated by group outings outside the house.
King's idea would mitigate the fight against those laws and against the political forces that produced them.
Having helped to hold the euro zone together through a series of weekend crises, Mrs Merkel (along with Wolfgang Schäuble, her finance minister) has stood in the way of reforms that would mitigate the next crisis.
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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.
Synonymsallay, alleviate, assuage, ease, help, mollify, palliate, relieve, soothe
Related Wordsabate, lighten, moderate, soften, temper; cure, heal, remedy; amend, correct, emend, fix, mend, rectify, reform, repair; ameliorate, better, enhance, enrich, improve, meliorate, perfect, refine
Near Antonymsharm, hurt, impair, injure; heighten, intensify, sharpen
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
legal Definition of mitigate
- a failure to mitigate
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