Levels of Distractibility: Who cares? = *. Some people will be distracted from your meaning: = **. Many people will be distracted from your meaning: = ***.
Question: I'm always confused by these two words. How can I remember which is which?
Answer: "Militate against...." "His bad habits militate against [work against] his success."
"Mitigate" means to soften or ease.... "The support of her family mitigated the loss of her son."
Rating of Distractibility: (**). Remember "militate against." There is no "against" with "mitigate."