Mitigate vs Correct - What's the difference?

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In lang=en terms the difference between mitigate and correct

is that mitigate is to downplay while correct is to inform (someone) of the latter's error.

As verbs the difference between mitigate and correct

is that mitigate is to reduce, lessen, or decrease while correct is to make something that was not valid become right to remove error.

As an adjective correct is

free from error; true; the state of having an affirmed truth.

mitigate

English

Verb

(mitigat)
  • To reduce, lessen, or decrease.
  • * 1795
  • 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
  • But in yielding to it the retaliation has been mitigated as much as possible, both in its extent and in its character...
  • * 1896
  • Then they tell us that vaccination will mitigate the disease that it will make it milder.
  • * 1901 — , ch 7
  • Then I discovered the brilliance of the landscape around was mitigated by blue spectacles.
  • * 1920
  • 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.
  • To downplay.
  • Synonyms

    * (to reduce or lessen) check, diminish, ease, lighten, mollify, pacify, palliate

    Antonyms

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

    Coordinate terms

    * (l)

    correct

    English

    Adjective

    (en adjective)
  • Free from error; true; the state of having an affirmed truth.
  • With good manners; well behaved; conforming with accepted standards of behaviour.
  • Synonyms

    * (with good manners) well-mannered, well behaved

    Antonyms

    * (without error) incorrect, inaccurate * (with good manners) uncouth

    Derived terms

    * anatomically correct * correctly * hypercorrect * incorrect

    Verb

    (en verb)
  • To make something that was not valid become right. To remove error.
  • He corrected the position of the book on the mantle.
  • (by extension) To grade (examination papers).
  • To inform (someone) of the latter's error.
  • It's rude to correct your parents.

    Synonyms

    * See also

    Derived terms

    * correctable * correction * uncorrectable