An example of militate is when your imagination makes something seem worse than it is; your imagination militates against you.
His inexperience militated against his candidacy.
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".