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militate (verb), militates; militated; militating
1. To have a substantial effect upon; to weigh heavily: Bob's lack of training as a machinist will militate against his application to work in a garage.
2. To be a powerful or conclusive factor in preventing something: Unfortunately, Shirley believed that the fact that she had a heavy foreign accent was militating against her getting a job as a translator.
3. To have an influence, especially a negative one, on something: The rapidly increasing price of fuel militated against Helen's plans to build and to maintain a greenhouse during the winter.
An influence against.
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To have a strong influence or force that is usually against someone or something. (1)