An example of militate is when your imagination makes something seem worse than it is; your imagination militates against you.
intransitive verb-·tat·ed, -·tat·ing
- Archaic to serve as a soldier; fight (against)
- to be directed (against); operate or work (against or, rarely, for): said of facts, evidence, actions, etc.: his inexperience militated against his candidacy
Origin of militatefrom Classical Latin militatus, past participle of militare: see militant
intransitive verbmil·i·tat·ed, mil·i·tat·ing, mil·i·tates
Origin of militateLatin mīlitāre mīlitāt- to serve as a soldier from mīles mīlit- soldier
(third-person singular simple present militates, present participle militating, simple past and past participle militated)
From Latin mÄ«litÄtus, from mÄ«litÅ. Originally meant "be a soldier; fight".