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Meaning of "Mitigating" in Line 54

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The Santa Ana, from Los Angeles Notebook, Joan Didion

Didion, Joan. "Los Angeles Notebook." Slouching towards Bethlehem. New York: Farrar, Straus & Giroux, 1968. 217-18. Print.

In line 54, “mitigating” is BEST taken to mean

A

inconsequential.

B

justifiable.

C

international.

D

deviant.

E

spurious.