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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 together’
tend to prevent, work against, resist, hinder, discourage, oppose, counter, cancel out, foil, prejudice, go against, operate against, tell against, be detrimental to, be disadvantageous toView synonyms
- ‘Yet despite calls for increased quality, there are institutional and economic factors that militate against it.’
- ‘However, there are several factors in the present case which militate against any retroactive spousal support.’
- ‘There may also be factors which militate against the duty to give reasons.’
- ‘Of course, several circumstances militated against that happening.’
- ‘The problem with this cheerful notion is that circumstances militate against nature in the big city.’
- ‘These factors can militate against researching and introducing new technologies.’
- ‘The example of Steele's drama suggests that the creation of new forms is readily possible, but that powerful traditions militate against too much change.’
- ‘There are some other small details militating against the jogging hypothesis.’
- ‘Three facts, however, militate against this possibility.’
- ‘Further, there are in my judgment a number of factors which militate against the exercise of discretion to order an assessment.’
- ‘We will therefore next examine some impacts of the Shinkansen on Japanese society and discuss changing circumstances which militate against the original ambitious plan.’
- ‘Two factors militate against quick adjustments.’
- ‘They note that smoking is a major health problem among forensic psychiatric inpatients, and that a range of factors militate against effective interventions.’
- ‘The limitations discussed above, together with the shortness and simplicity of the musical phrases militate against any level of complexity of organisation of the musical material.’
- ‘Unfortunately, however, several factors militate against the fulfillment of these possibilities in modern Islam.’
- ‘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?’
- ‘In fact, the words of section 118 militate against that.’
- ‘There are, however, powerful political forces that militate against any enduring settlement.’
- ‘There were no special circumstances that would militate against prompt registration.’
- ‘There are other significant differences, which militate against any viable agreement.’
The verbs militate and mitigate are sometimes confused. See mitigate
Late 16th century: from Latin militat- served as a soldier from the verb militare, from miles, milit- soldier.
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