verb mil·i·tate \ˈmi-lə-ˌtāt\

Definition of militate




  1. intransitive verb
  2. :  to have weight or effect his boyish appearance militated against his getting an early promotion

Is mitigate against correct?

Mitigate is sometimes used as an intransitive (followed by against) where militate might be expected. Even though Faulkner used it some intangible and invisible social force that mitigates against him — William Faulkner and one critic thinks it should be called an American idiom, it is usually considered a mistake.

Origin and Etymology of militate

Latin militatus, past participle of militare to engage in warfare, from milit-, miles

First Known Use: 1598

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