intr.v. mil·i·tat·ed, mil·i·tat·ing, mil·i·tates
To have force or influence; bring about an effect or a change: "The chaste banality of his prose ... militates against the stories' becoming literature" (Anthony Burgess).
[Latin mīlitāre, mīlitāt-, to serve as a soldier, from mīles, mīlit-, soldier.]
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