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militate (verb) act against.

Selfishness militates against friendliness because where there is selfishness there cannot be real friendship. That is, friendship cannot exist, is difficult to exist, if there is selfishness. A person's pride and arrogance militate against their good relations with others because their pride and arrogance makes good relations with others difficult or even impossible. Laziness militates against success; that is, laziness makes success difficult. Illiteracy militates against social progress. That is, so long as there is illiteracy, the society cannot progress.

  • Terrorism promoted by fanaticism militates against peace and understanding among nations. How can we hope for peace when because of fanaticism, people resort to violence?
  • Too much of interference by the boss in the work of the subordinates militates against their efficiency and will to work. It results in the subordinates not doing the work expected of them until they have the permission of the boss.
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