to have a substantial effect; weigh heavily: His prison record militated against him.
to be a soldier.
to fight for a belief.
- mil·i·ta·tion, noun
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How to use militate in a sentence
For generations, liberal Catholics have connected their faith’s moral teachings to an egalitarian philosophy that militates against war, economic inequality, environmental degradation and civil rights violations.Xavier Becerra is the victim of the right’s distortion of Catholicism | Duncan Hosie | March 19, 2021 | Washington Post
But four overriding realities militate against a GOP return to the White House in 2016 and perhaps for several campaigns beyond.The GOP Faces Years in the Wilderness After 2012 Election Losses | Robert Shrum | November 26, 2012 | THE DAILY BEAST
This seems occasionally to militate against the clearness of the work.The Translations of Beowulf | Chauncey Brewster Tinker
There are primarily three factors that militate against the original custom of maternal descent.Elements of Folk Psychology | Wilhelm Wundt
Big guns are bad for stream-line, and therefore militate against high submerged speed.The Story of Our Submarines | John Graham Bower
British Dictionary definitions for militate
(intr; usually foll by against or for) (of facts, actions, etc) to have influence or effect: the evidence militated against his release
- militation, noun
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