militate vs mitigate

militate mitigate


  • 1) obsolete To fight.
  • 2) To give force or effect toward; to influence.
  • 3) have force or influence; bring about an effect or change
  • 4) To have force or influence; bring about an effect or a change.
  • 5) To make war; to fight; to contend; -- usually followed by against and with.


  • 1) transitive To downplay.
  • 2) transitive To reduce, lessen, or decrease.
  • 3) To make less severe or intense; moderate or alleviate. synonym: relieve.
  • 4) To make alterations to (land) to make it less polluted or more hospitable to wildlife.
  • 5) obsolete To make mild and accessible; to mollify; -- applied to persons.
  • 6) To make less severe, intense, harsh, rigorous, painful, etc.; to soften; to meliorate; to alleviate; to diminish; to lessen


  • 1) There would be a question mark on his record that might militate against promotion in the future.
  • 2) This seemed to militate against life; and then I felt, for the first time and not the last, that death at least is straightforward.
  • 3) Her temperament seemed to militate against her becoming the kind of writer she wanted to be.
  • 4) 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.
  • 5) "militate" against the rights of minorities, the LJP has urged the Centre to ensure that the legislation does not
  • 6) Mrs. Binks did not know what "militate" meant, unless it might be something in connection with the church militant, of which she had heard a great deal; but she was not a mild-tempered woman, and she grew very red in the face at this reproof. "
  • 7) We agree with the great publisher William Packard of the New York Quarterly, who said he wanted to present the printed poem in the best possible way; he thought that “bad printing and mediocre book design inevitably militate against a fair reading of a poem”.
  • 8) Will our message be that the forces of American life militate against their arrival as full men, and we send our deepest regrets?
  • 9) The imbalances inherent in the material—some elements already have shelves of works dedicated to them, while others warrant a paragraph or less—also militate against a satisfying structure.
  • 10) ‘The problem with this cheerful notion is that circumstances militate against nature in the big city.’
  • 11) ‘Have the international community played a positive role or have they in fact militated against the development plans through the so called International Development Assistance agencies?’
  • 12) ‘Of course, several circumstances militated against that happening.’
  • 13) ‘Unfortunately, however, several factors militate against the fulfillment of these possibilities in modern Islam.’
  • 14) ‘Three facts, however, militate against this possibility.’
  • 15) ‘The example of Steele's drama suggests that the creation of new forms is readily possible, but that powerful traditions militate against too much change.’
  • 16) ‘Two factors militate against quick adjustments.’
  • 17) ‘There may also be factors which militate against the duty to give reasons.’
  • 18) ‘We will therefore next examine some impacts of the Shinkansen on Japanese society and discuss changing circumstances which militate against the original ambitious plan.’
  • 19) ‘They note that smoking is a major health problem among forensic psychiatric inpatients, and that a range of factors militate against effective interventions.’
  • 20) ‘Yet despite calls for increased quality, there are institutional and economic factors that militate against it.’
  • 21) ‘These factors can militate against researching and introducing new technologies.’
  • 22) ‘There are, however, powerful political forces that militate against any enduring settlement.’
  • 23) ‘Further, there are in my judgment a number of factors which militate against the exercise of discretion to order an assessment.’
  • 24) ‘There were no special circumstances that would militate against prompt registration.’
  • 25) ‘There are some other small details militating against the jogging hypothesis.’
  • 26) ‘There are other significant differences, which militate against any viable agreement.’
  • 27) ‘In fact, the words of section 118 militate against that.’
  • 28) ‘However, there are several factors in the present case which militate against any retroactive spousal support.’
  • 29) ‘The limitations discussed above, together with the shortness and simplicity of the musical phrases militate against any level of complexity of organisation of the musical material.’


  • 1) Or did he know that all these things were in store, and only hope to do his best to mitigate their effects when they arrived?
  • 2) Two of the Heroes could not quite mitigate their practiced heroism to meet the current threat.
  • 3) She raised her'kerchief to her nose to mitigate the stench.
  • 4) Whether or not preventative care will mitigate is debatable.
  • 5) The easies way to mitigate is to lock down the desktops, have specific/tight firewall rules, and do content filtering.
  • 6) Stating reasons in direct, honest terms mitigate fears you're looking for temporary job
  • 7) If the owner chooses to mitigate, that is the business judgment made by the owner.
  • 8) The bank, on an analysts 'call this month, said it would "mitigate" lower service charge income by considering moves such as imposing account maintenance fees.
  • 9) Since the bills were introduced, lawmakers have made changes that eliminate or extend deadlines for setting some of the new safety standards; give the transportation secretary the discretion to set rules that had been mandated in earlier versions; and require safety standards to "mitigate" runaway acceleration rather than "prevent" the problem, records show.
  • 10) They made no secret of how they plan to "mitigate" the effects.
  • 11) Frankly, it's laughable (not to mention offensive) to accept the Corps'premise that it's possible to actually "mitigate" the effects of mine operations -- you simply can't replace a buried headwater stream by constructing a gravel-lined drainage channel.
  • 12) Since when do instances of political oversight "mitigate" journalistic oversight?
  • 13) ‘One is to develop a serious plan for mitigating extreme poverty.’
  • 14) ‘We should welcome an opportunity to mitigate the misery of a lingering death of a person who longs to die.’
  • 15) ‘It seems to have become accepted that poverty will always exist - the aim of policy is merely to mitigate its worst effects.’
  • 16) ‘To some degree, the general improvement of the housing stock that has taken place in recent years has mitigated some of the worst features of physical deprivation.’
  • 17) ‘Parliament, however, has sought to mitigate the worst effects of strict liability by including defences in some statutes.’
  • 18) ‘By pooling resources, the quality of art, writing and casting could be enhanced, mitigating some of the risk for an investor.’
  • 19) ‘The dehumanizing effects of looking for work and going to temp agencies, however, have somewhat mitigated the boost.’
  • 20) ‘So government will have to take some sort of measures to mitigate this.’
  • 21) ‘The uniting factor is that withdrawal of specific glutens mitigates symptoms in a significant number of individuals with these gluten-associated diseases.’
  • 22) ‘But the issue won't be mitigated until conservatives make a serious effort to get into academics and make their arguments heard.’
  • 23) ‘It follows that vulnerability to occasional, but severe, financial crises could be mitigated if countries were to abolish their own currencies.’
  • 24) ‘Politics is meant to mitigate the misery to which our inborn condition consigns us, not add to it.’
  • 25) ‘If you have serious credit card debts, the best way to mitigate the bill is to switch to zero interest plastic.’
  • 26) ‘We have, long term, a great deal to gain from mitigating the effects of global warming.’
  • 27) ‘As it stands, this preposterously long-term deal only mitigates the first year of that possibility.’
  • 28) ‘One might believe that the many inconveniences residents encountered were mitigated by the festive improvements in the city's appearance.’
  • 29) ‘Proper planning can significantly mitigate the deemed interest benefit income or debt income inclusion.’
  • 30) ‘In fact, there is alarming evidence that a significant number of people actually believe that where drinking is a factor in rape, it mitigates the offence itself.’
  • 31) ‘To say that statistics mitigate murder is obviously contemptible.’
  • 32) ‘Every case of slavery, however lenient its inflictions and mitigated its atrocities, indicates an oppressor, the oppressed, and oppression.’
  • 33) ‘Would the fact that the ladies were correcting mistakes count as mitigating circumstances?’
  • 34) ‘These are mitigating circumstances for commuting the death sentence.’
  • 35) ‘There were mitigating circumstances for the error which I shall not go into here.’
  • 36) ‘However, while it looks like the gaffe of the decade, there are mitigating circumstances.’
  • 37) ‘Judges and Magistrates have discretion and accept mitigating circumstances and the limits of the law.’
  • 38) ‘And he may well have had mitigating circumstances in making his decision.’
  • 39) ‘Yet if there were mitigating circumstances, it seems incredible that he would not have used them to defend himself at the hearing.’
  • 40) ‘Another major point in the argument against capital punishment is called mitigating circumstances.’
  • 41) ‘You have to take into account a lot of ancillary factors and mitigating circumstances.’
  • 42) ‘If there turns out to be mitigating circumstances, they would come out in the court case.’
  • 43) ‘Now it hardly needs adding that mitigating circumstances exist for the dearth of success on the ski slopes.’
  • 44) ‘Whilst not going into what it was here, we were both pleading guilty with mitigating circumstances.’
  • 45) ‘He'll almost certainly get a ban but we are looking at mitigating circumstances.’
  • 46) ‘Even manslaughter could be covered by a fine if there were mitigating circumstances, or if the victim were a slave.’
  • 47) ‘We could get bogged down in legal argument, factor in mitigating circumstances and take previous behaviour into consideration.’
  • 48) ‘Unless there are mitigating circumstances, that's as much as an athlete is permitted.’
  • 49) ‘Therefore, there are not mitigating circumstances to suggest that he has revealed other matters as a result of that meeting.’
  • 50) ‘Oh, of course there are mitigating circumstances, such as being too young, or too ill to be in command of your existence.’
  • 51) ‘Clearly, there can be mitigating circumstances as the Panel recognises.’
  • 52) ‘Not his finest hour in football but there were mitigating circumstances.’

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