AskDefine | Define militate

Dictionary Definition

militate v : have force or influence; bring about an effect or change; "Politeness militated against this opinion being expressed"

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  1. To give force or effect toward; to influence.
    To militate in favor of a particular result.




  1. Form of Second-person plural present tense, militare
  2. Form of Second-person plural imperative, militare#Italian|militare

Synonyms, Antonyms and Related Words

act, aid, be effective, be in action, cancel out, count, counter, countervail, discourage, favor, foil, function, further, go, have effect, have free play, have play, help, hinder, militate against, operate, oppose, percolate, perform, perk, play, prevent, promote, resist, run, take effect, tell, tick, work
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