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intr.v. mil·i·tat·ed, mil·i·tat·ing, mil·i·tates
To have force or influence; bring about an effect or a change: "The chaste banality of his prose ... militates against the stories' becoming literature" (Anthony Burgess).
[Latin mīlitāre, mīlitāt-, to serve as a soldier, from mīles, mīlit-, soldier.]
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(intr; usually foll by against or for) (of facts, actions, etc) to have influence or effect: the evidence militated against his release.
[C17: from Latin mīlitātus, from mīlitāre to be a soldier]
Usage: See at mitigate
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v.i. -tat•ed, -tat•ing.
1. to have a substantial effect; weigh heavily: His prison record militated against him.
a. to be a soldier.
b. to fight for a belief.
[1615–25; < Latin mīlitātus, past participle of mīlitāre to serve as a soldier, derivative of mīles, s. mīlit- soldier; see -ate1]
usage: See mitigate.
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Past participle: militated
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|Verb||1.||militate - have force or influence; bring about an effect or change; "Politeness militated against this opinion being expressed"|
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militate against something counteract, conflict with, contend with, count against, oppose, counter, resist, be detrimental to, weigh against, tell against Her background militates against her. see mitigate
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