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  • Politeness militated against this opinion being expressed
  • I told him he might have a dozen if he wished, but that it would not be wise to have more than one solicitor engaged in one transaction, as only one could act at a time, and that to change would be certain to militate against his interest.
    Bram Stoker  --  Dracula
  • Yet the tree is transfigured by art to be a vehicle of war, and the many momentary splendors in the poem do not cancel the reality of death; their sheer number militates against this.
    Homer  --  The Iliad
  • She speedily comprehended all his merits; the persuasion of his regard for Elinor perhaps assisted her penetration; but she really felt assured of his worth: and even that quietness of manner, which militated against all her established ideas of what a young man’s address ought to be, was no longer uninteresting when she knew his heart to be warm and his temper affectionate.
    Jane Austen  --  Sense and Sensibility

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  • At that moment he thought of Hist, and we owe it to truth, to say, though it may militate a little against the stern character of a warrior to avow it, that he wished he could be seen by her in his present improved aspect.
    James Fenimore Cooper  --  The Deerslayer
  • She felt that she had spoken as impressively as it was necessary to do, and that in using the superior word "militate" she had thrown a noble drapery over a mass of particulars which were still evident enough.
    George Eliot  --  Middlemarch
  • …his university degree of B. A. (a huge ad in its way) and gentlemanly bearing to all the more influence the good impression he would infallibly score a distinct success, being blessed with brains which also could be utilised for the purpose and other requisites, if his clothes were properly attended to so as to the better worm his way into their good graces as he, a youthful tyro in—society’s sartorial niceties, hardly understood how a little thing like that could militate against you.
    James Joyce  --  Ulysses
  • And the Governor, hearing the personal arguments of both Mason and Belknap, decided in favor of Mason, on the ground that the granting of a special term did not militate against any necessary delay of the trial of the case, since nothing which the defense as yet had to offer seemed to indicate that the calling of a special term was likely in any way to prevent it from obtaining as much time wherein to try the case as needed.
    Theodore Dreiser  --  An American Tragedy
  • So through a complicated, haphazard, and constantly readjusted web of economic, social, and moral incentives, modern society does its best to militate against crime.
    Steven D. Levitt & Stephen J. Dubner  --  Freakonomics
  • He knew, too, that the very fact that Leamas was a professional could militate against his interests, for Leamas would select where Peters wanted no selection; Leamas would anticipate the type of intelligence which Peters required—and in doing so might pass by some casual scrap which could be of vital interest to the evaluators.
    John Le Carre  --  The Spy Who Came In From The Cold

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  • Throughout her childhood she had thought that she was ugly, and though all the evidence would later militate against her earliest conclusions, she could never abandon them, and she, more beautiful than any woman Alessandro had ever seen in life, in painting, in photographs, lived with the conviction that she was less than plain, and went about with the discomfort of someone who is embarrassed to be seen.
    Mark Helprin  --  A Soldier of the Great War
  • Every reason which recommends the tenure of good behavior for judicial offices, militates against placing the judiciary power, in the last resort, in a body composed of men chosen for a limited period.
    Alexander Hamilton, James Madison, & John Jay  --  The Federalist Papers
  • I do not mean that the enemies of the bank are identically the same individuals who, on other points, attack the Federal Government; but I assert that the attacks directed against the bank of the United States originate in the same propensities which militate against the Federal Government; and that the very numerous opponents of the former afford a deplorable symptom of the decreasing support of the latter.
    Alexis de Toqueville  --  Democracy In America, Volume 1
  • Characteristic phrases are: RENDER INOPERATIVE, MILITATE AGAINST, PROVE UNACCEPTABLE, MAKE CONTACT WITH, BE SUBJECTED TO, GIVE RISE TO, GIVE GROUNDS FOR, HAVING THE EFFECT OF, PLAY A LEADING PART (RÔLE) IN, MAKE ITSELF FELT, TAKE EFFECT, EXHIBIT A TENDENCY TO, SERVE THE PURPOSE OF, etc., etc. The keynote is the elimination of simple verbs.
    George Orwell  --  Politics and the English Language
  • As he saw that the very excess of his emotion was militating against him, by restoring us more to our old relations, he became still more demonstrative.
    Bram Stoker  --  Dracula
  • Referring the examination of the principle itself to another place, as has been already mentioned, it will be sufficient to remark here that, in the sense of the author who has been most emphatically quoted upon the occasion, it would only dictate a reduction of the SIZE of the more considerable MEMBERS of the Union, but would not militate against their being all comprehended in one confederate government.
    Alexander Hamilton, James Madison, & John Jay  --  The Federalist Papers
  • But it was a matter of great consolation to her, that what brought evil to herself would bring good to her sister; and Elinor, on the other hand, suspecting that it would not be in her power to avoid Edward entirely, comforted herself by thinking, that though their longer stay would therefore militate against her own happiness, it would be better for Marianne than an immediate return into Devonshire.
    Jane Austen  --  Sense and Sensibility
  • Where you frequent a house it may militate very much against a girl’s making a desirable settlement in life, and prevent her from accepting offers even if they are made."
    George Eliot  --  Middlemarch
  • In every other spot the fire must necessarily be oblique, which would seriously militate against the success of the experiment.
    Verne, Jules  --  From The Earth To The Moon
  • It is a common remark, and one that is thought to militate strongly against the character of the race, that the negro overseer is always more tyrannical and cruel than the white one.
    Harriet Beecher Stowe  --  Uncle Tom’s Cabin
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