I recently read an article claiming that employing some tactic was OK but could mitigate many of the good effects of the main action.
What word should the author have used, as mitigate means to improve or to lessen a negative, not to render a positive thing less good?
There may be no single word, but one keeps hovering around the edges of my memory...
Some have pointed out that this usage is correct because there is an authority for it. However, a survey of responses here seems to indicate that most people do not recognize this usage, and that view is what I'm basing this question on.
So to rephrase: what other word(s) could the author have used, to avoid confusion with the popular understanding of mitigate?