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mitigation

noun
     
mit‧i‧ga‧tion [uncountable]
1

in mitigation

lawSCL 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 a slight mitigation of the monotony of his existence.

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