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Last updated: May 13, 2019

What Does Mitigation Mean?

Mitigation describes any type of action that is used to reduce the severity of a negative consequence of some kind. It can be used when referring to the reduction of seriousness, painfulness, gravity, force, and grief, as well as anything one might consider negative or weighty. It might be used as a law term, an environmental safety term and in other fields that deal with negative situations.

Safeopedia Explains Mitigation

When dealing with natural disasters, mitigation may help to reduce loss of life and lessen the impact on the environment or resources. In law, mitigating may help to reduce an offender's sentence or lessen charges laid against a person. Mitigation does not remove negative situations entirely but merely reduces them. To mitigate circumstances, it is important to understand all possible bad outcomes or risks.


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