The correct answer is exert preventive influence.
B. administer harshly
D. exert preventive influence.
The correct answer is (D) To exert a preventive influence; to have a significant effect or influence, usually against; to have weight; to operate in favor of, or against. To take a stand, as for a movement or belief.
Militate comes from Latin militare (to serve as a soldier).
Examples of use:
- The facts of the case militate against his theory.
- His known bias militated against acceptance of his recommendation