verb[no object] (militate against)
- (Of a fact or circumstance) be a powerful or conclusive factor in preventing: these fundamental differences will militate against the two communities coming togetherMore example sentences
- 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.
late 16th century: from Latin militat- 'served as a soldier', from the verb militare, from miles, milit- 'soldier'.
The verbs militate and mitigate are often confused. See mitigate (usage).