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militate against something

[for something] to work against something. Everything you have said today militates against an early settlement to our disagreement. This really militates against my going to college.
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Attacks on weaker sections that militate against our national ethos are aberrations that need to be dealt with firmly," he said.
If the parties fail to hold talks in this process, they will be in a worse situation next year since time does not militate in favor of a solution.
Many would argue that this is not enough but then it must be understood that the state of the economy today and the resource base in particular militates against higher subsidies.
Key points addressed include the socio-political contexts within which ways of thinking about language emerged; how these ways of thinking about sign languages, indigenous literacies, or African American Vernacular may militate against the development of radically different and possibly more nuanced understandings of language; and ways in which revising how we think about language affects the nature of the language teaching materials we develop and our language-teaching goals.
The justices recognize that undue hardship could militate against a retroactive order being made as of the date of the change of circumstances.
The unreality of the tales is adapted, then, to Cuban colonial reality, and often the texts militate against hierarchy, power, and even the genre conventions themselves.
Jerome's assertion (On Illustrious Men 53) that "the Roman clergy drove him out into Montanism" is disputed, but he did return home to militate for Christianity as priest and writer until his death around 230.
I'm not surprised that non-hunters not only do not support hunting but actively militate against it when hunters mad editors of gun magazines do not appreciate how disgraceful such a picture is as the one on page 53 of the October 2004 issue.
Even more damning, she ignores everything in Solzhenitsyn's writings that might militate against her claims.
For Gertrude Mkandawire, a new opposition member of parliament (MP) for Mzimba Solola, a constituency in the far north of Malawi, winning the May 20 election was a triumph over customs that militate against women.
There are cogent reasons which militate against such a requirement, but the issue is not presented here because the testifying experts worked, not alone, but cooperatively with other experts and under the auspices of AGE.
The report analyses how bankruptcy laws militate against the survival of enterprises and how they affect the potential of enterprises to make a fresh start.
Militate means to have an effect or influence on, to operate as a force for or against, as in 'His parole record militated in his favor' or 'His lack of polish militated against his advancement.
In this way, patriotism seems to militate against seeing the other guy's point of view--a particularly dangerous approach for Americans blindsided by the hatred and resentment our country now confronts overseas.
Yes, for all its soap-box-derby freedoms, the constricted length of a newspaper column does indeed militate against complex analysis.