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Monday, August 06, 2001

Definitions for militate

  1. To have force or influence.

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Citations for militate
In our current era of politics, many factors militate against changes in policies. Reed Hundt, You Say You Want a Revolution
Even though Simpson's youth, limited professional experience, lack of reputation, unmarried status, and modest social origins all militated against success, the twenty-eight-year-old Simpson applied for the post. Donald Caton, What a Blessing She Had Chloroform
Origin of militate
Militate comes from Latin militatus, past participle of militare, "to serve as a soldier," from miles, milit-, "a soldier."
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