militate against

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Related to militate against: stirred up, undeterred, standing down

mil´i`tate a`gainst´

v. t.1.To argue against; to cast doubt on; - used in reference to facts which tend to disprove a hypothesis; as, the absence of a correlation of budget deficits with inflation militates against any causal relation between the two. Opposite of support.
Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary, published 1913 by G. & C. Merriam Co.
References in classic literature ?
Referring the examination of the principle itself to another place, as has been already mentioned, it will be sufficient to remark here that, in the sense of the author who has been most emphatically quoted upon the occasion, it would only dictate a reduction of the SIZE of the more considerable MEMBERS of the Union, but would not militate against their being all comprehended in one confederate government.
In every other spot the fire must necessarily be oblique, which would seriously militate against the success of the experiment.
For if it happened that an individual, even when asleep, had some very distinct idea, as, for example, if a geometer should discover some new demonstration, the circumstance of his being asleep would not militate against its truth; and as for the most ordinary error of our dreams, which consists in their representing to us various objects in the same way as our external senses, this is not prejudicial, since it leads us very properly to suspect the truth of the ideas of sense; for we are not infrequently deceived in the same manner when awake; as when persons in the jaundice see all objects yellow, or when the stars or bodies at a great distance appear to us much smaller than they are.
I told him he might have a dozen if he wished, but that it would not be wise to have more than one solicitor engaged in one transaction, as only one could act at a time, and that to change would be certain to militate against his interest.
The wily Malay had long refrained from pillaging the Ithaca for fear such an act might militate against the larger villainy he purposed perpetrating against her white owner, but when he rounded the point and came in sight of the stranded wreck he put all such thoughts from him and made straight for the helpless hulk to glean whatever of salvage might yet remain within her battered hull.
Analysts continue to believe the strength in the economy will militate against further easings after today's.
Who wouldn't militate against a move that will mean economic dislocation and possibly hunger for many families?
The Executive director of DIG, Oliver Aja Chima, while setting the tone of the meeting explained that tension which hitherto accompanied elections tended to militate against effective participation of all in the electoral process over the years.
Government must set up a mechanism if there isn't already one to get all the details in this regard regularly and to monitor the activities of all NGOs to ensure that they don't militate against our values and norms, our national interest and state security.
He added that the declarations by the CII, unfortunately, often militate against women.
"There is no answer to this question other than that the Americans are seeking to militate against us just for the fun of it," Lavrov said.
He said that even a constitutional body such as Council of Islamic Ideology (CII) had interpreted religion in ways that militate against women.