militate vs mitigate :

militate or 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.”

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Definitions

  • v  have force or influence; bring about an effect or change
    Politeness militated against this opinion being expressed

  • v  lessen or to try to lessen the seriousness or extent of
  • v  make less severe or harsh
News & Articles

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    June 19, 2013 - PR Newswire
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    June 19, 2013 - PR Newswire

  • Fitch: Inflation, Government Intervention, and Capital Controls Test Argentine Corporates
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    June 14, 2013 - Business Wire via Yahoo! Finance
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    June 14, 2013 - SB Nation
  • Wal-Mart hiring more temporary workers
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    June 13, 2013 - Chicago Tribune