What does the word militate mean?

Usage examples for militate

  1. It may be urged in extenuation of his silence that his public were already familiar with these stories in the books of Samuel and Kings; but he repeats so many sections from these books word for word that his failure to repeat the sections which militate against his heroes can only be regarded as part of a deliberate policy. – Introduction to the Old Testament by John Edgar McFadyen
  2. I believe the Queen intends to send him upon some secret mission which, although she may be ignorant of the fact, will militate against your Majesty, and against your peaceful policy." – Princess Maritza by Percy Brebner
  3. These and other like instances do not however militate against the hypothesis. – Essays: Scientific, Political, & Speculative, Vol. I by Herbert Spencer