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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

Etymologies

Latin mīlitāre, mīlitāt-, to serve as a soldier, from mīles, mīlit-, soldier.
(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
From Latin mīlitātus, from mīlitō. Originally meant "be a soldier; fight". (Wiktionary)

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