from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition
- intransitive v. To have force or influence; bring about an effect or a change: "All these factors militated to a different targeting priority” ( Tom Clancy). "The chaste banality of his prose . . . militates against the stories' becoming literature” ( Anthony Burgess).
from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License
- v. To give force or effect toward; to influence.
- v. To fight.
from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English
- intransitive v. To make war; to fight; to contend; -- usually followed by against and with.
from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- To be in conflict or at variance; come into collision.
- Hence To stand in array; have weight or force, as in determining anything: followed by against, and permissibly by in favor of: as, these facts militate against (or in fovor of) your theory.
from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.
- v. have force or influence; bring about an effect or change
She felt that she had spoken as impressively as it was necessary to do, and that in using the superior word "militate" she had thrown a noble drapery over a mass of particulars which were still evident enough.
"militate" against the rights of minorities, the LJP has urged the Centre to ensure that the legislation does not
Mrs. Binks did not know what "militate" meant, unless it might be something in connection with the church militant, of which she had heard a great deal; but she was not a mild-tempered woman, and she grew very red in the face at this reproof. "
The imbalances inherent in the material—some elements already have shelves of works dedicated to them, while others warrant a paragraph or less—also militate against a satisfying structure.
We agree with the great publisher William Packard of the New York Quarterly, who said he wanted to present the printed poem in the best possible way; he thought that “bad printing and mediocre book design inevitably militate against a fair reading of a poem”.
Will our message be that the forces of American life militate against their arrival as full men, and we send our deepest regrets?
Despite fantasies of insurrection in some of the more fevered Western media assessments of the confrontation, the balance of forces appears to militate against a knockout blow by either side.
For the club to so aggressively militate against what looks to most people a considered judgment from the FA leads to a potential for anarchy.
The risks of a trade war really militate against being stupidly aggressive in promulgating buy America rules.
So risk/benefit ratios, the magnitude of any potential benefit and the quality of science all militate against undue reliance on supplements.
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