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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
Bergdahl and his lawyers offered evidence of two mental disorders as mitigating factors.
Commerzbank AG is altering its relations with some Turkish banks to mitigate reputational risk that could occur through those links, according to one person.
Nonetheless, the Trump administration could have done far more to mitigate Maria’s harms.
But to undertake space travel, the undertakers have to acknowledge those possibilities and mitigate the risks.
Considering the worth of Eifert to this offense when healthy the one-year agreement would be considered a relative Bengals bargain, primarily for mitigating long-term risk.
Because of her tattoo infection, Catt may lose her vision in one eye, despite following proper aftercare procedures — although medical intervention will hopefully mitigate the damage.
Some view this as potentially mitigating fire sales.
To mitigate that risk, panda keepers watch over new moms with extreme vigilance, says Stephanie Braccini, curator of mammals at Zoo Atlanta.
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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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