Remediate vs Mitigate what difference

what is difference between Remediate and Mitigate



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  • Verb:
    • IPA(key): /ɹəˈmiːdieɪt/
  • Adjective:
    • IPA(key): /ɹəˈmɛdi.ət/ (RP)
    • IPA(key): /ɹəˈmiːdi.ət/ (US)


remediate (third-person singular simple present remediates, present participle remediating, simple past and past participle remediated)

  1. (transitive) To correct or improve (a deficiency or problem).


  • (correct a deficiency): rectify, remedy

Derived terms

  • remediation


remediate (comparative more remediate, superlative most remediate)

  1. (rare, archaic, education) Intended to correct or improve deficient skills in some subject.
  2. (obsolete) Remedial.


  • remedial



Borrowed from Latin mītigātus, from mītigō, from mītis (gentle, mild, ripe) + agō (do, make), from Proto-Indo-European *meh₁i- (mild, soft).


  • IPA(key): /ˈmɪt.ɪ.ɡeɪt/


mitigate (third-person singular simple present mitigates, present participle mitigating, simple past and past participle mitigated)

  1. (transitive) To reduce, lessen, or decrease; to make less severe or easier to bear.
    • 1795 – George Washington, Seventh State of the Union Address
      Measures are pursuing to prevent or mitigate the usual consequences of such outrages, and with the hope of their succeeding at least to avert general hostility.
    • 1813 – James Madison, Fifth State of the Union Address
      But in yielding to it the retaliation has been mitigated as much as possible, both in its extent and in its character…
    • 1896 – Walter Hadwen, The Case Against Vaccination
      Then they tell us that vaccination will mitigate the disease that it will make it milder.
    • 1901 – H. G. Wells, The First Men in the Moon, ch 7
      Then I discovered the brilliance of the landscape around was mitigated by blue spectacles.
    • 1920 – H. P. Lovecraft, The Cats of Ulthar
      The plague had not been kind to him, yet had left him this small furry thing to mitigate his sorrow; and when one is very young, one can find great relief in the lively antics of a black kitten.
  2. (transitive) To downplay.

Usage notes

Particularly used as mitigate a problem or flaw. Contrast with ameliorate (make better).

This word is often misused to mean “operate” or “influence”. For this meaning, the correct word is militate, followed by “against” or “in favour of”. Mitigate is never followed by these expressions.


  • (to reduce or lessen): alleviate, check, diminish, ease, lighten, mollify, pacify, palliate


  • (to reduce or lessen): aggrandize, aggravate, exacerbate, incite, increase, intensify, irritate, worsen

Coordinate terms

  • ameliorate

Related terms

  • mitigable
  • mitigant
  • mitigated
  • mitigating
  • mitigation
  • mitigatory






  1. second-person plural present indicative of mitigare
  2. second-person plural imperative of mitigare
  3. feminine plural of mitigato




  1. vocative masculine singular of mītigātus

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