1) PHRASE: PHR with cl If someone, especially in a court, is told something in mitigation, they are told something that makes a crime or fault easier to understand and excuse. [FORMAL]

Kieran Coonan QC told the judge in mitigation that the offences had been at the lower end of the scale...

In mitigation, it should be pointed out that there wasn't much incentive to make world-beating wine.

2) N-UNCOUNT Mitigation is a reduction in the unpleasantness, seriousness, or painfulness of something. [FORMAL]

...the mitigation or cure of a physical or mental condition.


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