ag-, agen-, act-, agi-, agit-

(Latin: to set in motion, to hurry, to shake; to drive; to do, to act; to lead, to conduct, to guide)

mitigate (verb), mitigates; mitigated; mitigating
1. To make something less severe, less harsh, or less violent.
2. To lessen or to try to lessen the seriousness or extent of something.
3. To moderate a quality or condition in force or intensity; to alleviate.
4. To decrease in force or intensity; such as, wrath, grief, harshness, or pain; to moderate.
5. To make less severe; to mitigate a punishment.
6. To make (a person, one's state of mind, disposition, etc.) milder or more gentle; to mollify; to appease.
To make or to become less severe or harsh.
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To make or to become less painful or to relieve.
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To become less harmful.
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mitigation (s) (noun), mitigations (pl)
1. To act in such a way as to cause an offense to seem less serious.
2. A partial excuse to mitigate censure.
3. An attempt to represent an offense as less serious than it appears by showing mitigating circumstances.
4. Steps taken to avoid or minimize negative environmental impacts.

Mitigation can include: avoiding the impact by not taking a certain action; minimizing impacts by limiting the degree or magnitude of the action; rectifying the impact by repairing or restoring the affected environment; reducing the impact by protective steps required with the action; and compensating for the impact by replacing or providing substitute resources.

mitigative (adjective), more mitigative, most mitigative
1. Moderating pain or sorrow by making it easier to bear.
2. Tending to alleviate, render mild, or to be soothing.
mitigatory (adjective), more mitigatory, most mitigatory
1. A reference to moderating pain or sorrow by making it easier to bear.
2. Relating to anything which can lessen the intensity of something that is painful or distressful.
1. To plan, to record, and to control the course and position of (a ship or aircraft).
2. To follow a planned course on, across, or through.
3. To voyage over water in a boat, or a ship; to sail.
objurgate (verb), objurgates; objurgated; objurgating
1. To severely rebuke, to scold, or to censure: Luke’s mother objurgated, or chastised, him harshly when she found out that he had taken money from her purse without her permission!
2. To express strong disapproval of something that has been done or of the one who has done it: Mrs. Smith was vehemently objurgating the racism that existed in the school where she taught.
To strongly denounce or to object.
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To strongly reprove or to rebuke.
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To strongly denounce a regulation.
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To sharply rebuke or to scold someone.
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objurgation (s) (noun), objurgations (pl)
objurgatory (adjective)
An in vitro test result indicating the presence, in serum, of immunologically active material, usually an antibody but sometimes an antigen.
Reacting chemically to sunlight or ultraviolet radiation.
1. Condensation of protein material by the controlled use of an intense beam of light; used especially in the treatment of retinal detachment and the destruction of abnormal retinal vessels, or of intraocular tumor masses.
2. A technique using intense light energy, as from a laser, to produce scar tissue used in treating certain eye disorders, in medical and biological research, etc.