Definition of militate in English:

militate

verb

[with object]militate against
  • (of a fact or circumstance) be a powerful or conclusive factor in preventing.

    ‘these fundamental differences will militate against the two communities coming together’
    • ‘The problem with this cheerful notion is that circumstances militate against nature in the big city.’
    • ‘Have the international community played a positive role or have they in fact militated against the development plans through the so called International Development Assistance agencies?’
    • ‘Of course, several circumstances militated against that happening.’
    • ‘Unfortunately, however, several factors militate against the fulfillment of these possibilities in modern Islam.’
    • ‘Three facts, however, militate against this possibility.’
    • ‘The example of Steele's drama suggests that the creation of new forms is readily possible, but that powerful traditions militate against too much change.’
    • ‘Two factors militate against quick adjustments.’
    • ‘There may also be factors which militate against the duty to give reasons.’
    • ‘We will therefore next examine some impacts of the Shinkansen on Japanese society and discuss changing circumstances which militate against the original ambitious plan.’
    • ‘They note that smoking is a major health problem among forensic psychiatric inpatients, and that a range of factors militate against effective interventions.’
    • ‘Yet despite calls for increased quality, there are institutional and economic factors that militate against it.’
    • ‘These factors can militate against researching and introducing new technologies.’
    • ‘There are, however, powerful political forces that militate against any enduring settlement.’
    • ‘Further, there are in my judgment a number of factors which militate against the exercise of discretion to order an assessment.’
    • ‘There were no special circumstances that would militate against prompt registration.’
    • ‘There are some other small details militating against the jogging hypothesis.’
    • ‘There are other significant differences, which militate against any viable agreement.’
    • ‘In fact, the words of section 118 militate against that.’
    • ‘However, there are several factors in the present case which militate against any retroactive spousal support.’
    • ‘The limitations discussed above, together with the shortness and simplicity of the musical phrases militate against any level of complexity of organisation of the musical material.’
    tend to prevent, work against, resist, hinder, discourage, oppose, counter, cancel out, foil, prejudice, go against, operate against, tell against, work against, be detrimental to, be disadvantageous to
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Usage

The verbs militate and mitigate are often confused. See
mitigate

Origin

Late 16th century from Latin militat- ‘served as a soldier’, from the verb militare, from miles, milit- ‘soldier’.

Pronunciation

militate

/ˈmɪlɪteɪt/