Militate meaning

mĭlĭ-tāt
Militate is defined as to fight, or work against someone.

An example of militate is when your imagination makes something seem worse than it is; your imagination militates against you.

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To have force or influence; bring about an effect or a change.
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(archaic) To serve as a soldier; fight (against)
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To be directed (against); operate or work (against or, rarely, for)

His inexperience militated against his candidacy.

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To give force or effect toward; to influence.

To militate in favor of a particular result.

To militate against the possibility of his election.

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Origin of militate

  • Latin mīlitāre mīlitāt- to serve as a soldier from mīles mīlit- soldier

    From American Heritage Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition

  • From Latin mīlitātus, from mīlitō. Originally meant "be a soldier; fight".

    From Wiktionary