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mitigatingadjective

uk   /ˈmɪt.ɪ.ɡeɪ.tɪŋ/  us   /ˈmɪt̬.ɪ.ɡeɪ.t̬ɪŋ/
formal making something less ​harmful, ​unpleasant, or ​bad: Are there any mitigating circumstances/​factors that might ​helpexplain her ​appallingbehaviour?
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specialized law causing you to ​judge a ​crime to be less ​serious or to make the ​punishment less ​severe: The ​jury must take into ​account any mitigating circumstancespresented by the ​defence, such as ​previous good ​character.
mitigation
noun [U] uk   /ˌmɪt.ɪˈɡeɪ.ʃən/  us   /ˌmɪt̬-/ formal
"I was very ​young at the ​time," he said in mitigation.
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