noun (U)
1 in mitigation law if you say something in mitigation, you try to make someone's crime or mistake seem less serious or show that they were not completely responsible: The captain added, in mitigation, that the engines may have been faulty.
2 formal a reduction in how unpleasant, harmful, or serious a situation is: His marriage had brought slight mitigation of the monotony of his existence.

Longman dictionary of contemporary English. 2004.

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