1. have force or influence
; bring about an effect or change
; - Example: "Politeness militated against this opinion being expressed"
The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48:
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.
WordNet (r) 3.0 (2006):
v 1: have force or influence; bring about an effect or change;
"Politeness militated against this opinion being expressed"
Moby Thesaurus II by Grady Ward, 1.0:
34 Moby Thesaurus words for "militate":
act, aid, be effective, be in action, cancel out, count, counter,
countervail, discourage, favor, foil, function, further, go,
have effect, have free play, have play, help, hinder,
militate against, operate, oppose, percolate, perform, perk, play,
prevent, promote, resist, run, take effect, tell, tick, work