militate against

militate against
ˈmilitate a ˌgainst [transitive] [present tense I/you/we/they militate against he/she/it militates against present participle militating against past tense militated against past participle militated against] formal phrasal verb
to make something more difficult to do or less likely to happen
Thesaurus: to cause problems for someone or somethingsynonym
Main entry: militate

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militate against [phrasal verb]
militate against (something) formal : to make (something) unlikely to happen : to prevent (something) from happening

His inexperience militates against his getting an early promotion.

factors militating against success

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Main Entry:militate

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  • militate against — index counter, counteract, countervail, oppugn Burton s Legal Thesaurus. William C. Burton. 2006 …   Law dictionary

  • militate against — phrasal verb [transitive] Word forms militate against : present tense I/you/we/they militate against he/she/it militates against present participle militating against past tense militated against past participle militated against formal militate… …   English dictionary

  • militate against — phr verb Militate against is used with these nouns as the subject: ↑factor …   Collocations dictionary

  • militate against something — ˈmilitate against sth derived (formal) to prevent sth; to make it difficult for sth to happen or exist Syn: ↑hinder • The supervisor s presence militated against a relaxed atmosphere. Main entry: ↑ …   Useful english dictionary

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  • militate against — (of a fact or circumstance) be a powerful or conclusive factor in preventing. → militate …   English new terms dictionary

  • militate against — War against, contend against, operate against, be opposed to, be repugnant to, be hostile to …   New dictionary of synonyms

  • militate against — Syn: work against, hinder, discourage, be prejudicial to, be detrimental to …   Synonyms and antonyms dictionary

  • militate — militate, mitigate The two words are sometimes confused (usually mitigate is used for militate) because both meanings are connected with having a reducing effect and their forms and rhythm are close. Mitigate is transitive (i.e. it takes an… …   Modern English usage

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