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English definition of “militate against sth”

militate against sth

formal phrasal verb with militate     /ˈmil.ɪ.teɪt/ verb
to make something less likely to happen or succeed: The complexity and costliness of the judicial system militate against justice for the individual.Preventing and impedingLimiting and restricting
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