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militate
used in Middlemarch

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Definition
have force or influence — especially against something
  • 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.
    Book 3 — Waiting for Death (77% in)
  • 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."
    Book 3 — Waiting for Death (77% in)

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