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English Dictionary: militate by the DICT Development Group
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From WordNet (r) 3.0 (2006) [wn]:
militate
v
  1. have force or influence; bring about an effect or change; "Politeness militated against this opinion being expressed"
From Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary (1913) [web1913]:
   Militate \Mil"i*tate\, v. i. [imp. & p. p. {Militated}; p. pr. &
      vb. n. {Militating}.] [L. militare, militatum, to be a
      soldier, fr. miles, militis, soldier.]
      To make war; to fight; to contend; -- usually followed by
      against and with.
  
               These are great questions, where great names militate
               against each other.                                 --Burke.
  
               The invisible powers of heaven seemed to militate on
               the side of the pious emperor.               --Gibbon.
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