militates

militate

[mil-i-teyt]
verb (used without object), militated, militating.
1.
to have a substantial effect; weigh heavily: His prison record militated against him.
2.
Obsolete.
a.
to be a soldier.
b.
to fight for a belief.

Origin:
1615–25; < Latin mīlitātus (past participle of mīlitāre to serve as a soldier), equivalent to mīlit- (stem of mīles) soldier + -ātus -ate1

militation, noun

militate, mitigate (see usage note at mitigate).


See mitigate.
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militate (ˈmɪlɪˌteɪt)
 
vb
(intr; usually foll by against or for) (of facts, actions, etc) to have influence or effect: the evidence militated against his release
 
[C17: from Latin mīlitātus, from mīlitāre to be a soldier]
 
 
mili'tation
 
n

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militate
1625, "to serve as a soldier," from L. militatum, pp. of militare "serve as a soldier," from miles "soldier" (see military). Sense developed via "conflict with," to "be evidence" (for or against), 1642.
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