You Know Your Militate v. Mitigate, But Are You Jiggy With Dead-Cat Bounce and Chin Music?

Wood, Alden
October 2003
Communication World;Oct/Nov2003, Vol. 20 Issue 6, p42
Trade Publication
The article presents information on words and their usage used in business communication and related dictionaries. The words militate and mitigate are sometimes confused. Militate means to have an effect or influence on, to operate as a force for or against, as in "His parole record militated in his favor" or "His lack of polish militated against his advancement." Mitigate means to soften, to assuage, to make more endurable, as in "Her reputation for compassion mitigated the vehemence of her criticism."


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