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mitigate

mitigate as in lessen or to try to lessen the seriousness or extent of
  • "The circumstances extenuate the crime"

Synonyms

  • extenuatelessen or to try to lessen the seriousness or extent of
  • palliatelessen or to try to lessen the seriousness or extent of; provide physical relief, as from pain
mitigate as in make less severe or harsh
  • "mitigating circumstances"