verb[no object] (militate against)
- The problem with this cheerful notion is that circumstances militate against nature in the big city.
- Have the international community played a positive role or have they in fact militated against the development plans through the so called International Development Assistance agencies?
- Of course, several circumstances militated against that happening.
The verbs militate and mitigate are often confused. See mitigate (usage).
Late 16th century: from Latin militat- 'served as a soldier', from the verb militare, from miles, milit- 'soldier'.
Words that rhyme with militatefacilitate, habilitate
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