militate vs mitigate : Common Errors in English

About militate vs mitigate

These are not very common words, but people who use them—especially lawyers—tend to mix them up. “Militate” is usually followed by “against” in a phrase that means “works against”: “His enthusiasm for spectacular collisions militates against his becoming a really effective air traffic controller.” “Mitigate” means almost the opposite: to make easier, to moderate. “His pain at leaving was mitigated by her passionate kiss.” It should not be followed by “against.”

militate Meaning(s)

  • (v) have force or influence; bring about an effect or change

mitigate Meaning(s)

  • (v) lessen or to try to lessen the seriousness or extent of
  • (v) make less severe or harsh

militate in News

  • New Xulon Title Helps Mold the Next Generation for Success

    MAITLAND, Fla., June 19, 2013 /PRNewswire-iReach/ -- Jane Nwaogu's new book, SIGNATURE IN JET-AGE PARENTING ($15.49, paperback, 978-1-62697-006-9; $25.49, hardcover, 978-1-62509-619-7; $7.99, e-book, 978-1-62697-007-6) raises social, moral, spiritual and psychological issues that militate...
    on June 19, 2013 Source: PR Newswire

mitigate in News

  1. Cambridge Semantics to Highlight Innovations in Drug Safety and Business Development at DIA 2013

    Executives will showcase award-winning pharmaceutical software designed to mitigate risk (PRWeb June 13, 2013) Read the full story at
    on June 13, 2013 Source: PRWeb

  2. Officials: Raynham covered by host community agreement

    Elected leaders in Raynham said that the host community  agreement they reached on a proposed 1,250 slot machine gaming facility will mitigate all impacts on the town related to the development project.
    on June 13, 2013 Source: The Taunton Gazette

  3. Bloomberg to Propose Spending Billions to Mitigate Storm Risks

    Almost eight months after Hurricane Sandy flooded New York’s subways, destroyed homes and blacked out half of Manhattan, Mayor Michael Bloomberg will propose spending billions of dollars to mitigate storm risk along the city’s more than 500 miles of coastline.
    on June 10, 2013 Source: Bloomberg

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