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What is the opposite of abuse?

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Opposite of cruel, violent or indecent treatment
“By sacrificing themselves to provide for the basic needs of other family members, they show gratitude for the care and protection their parents gave when raising them.”
Opposite of insulting and offensive language
“Her servants showered her with flattery, telling her that her beauty far surpassed that of all mortals.”
Opposite of unjust or corrupt practice
“I am not conventionally religious, but I do have a very strong faith in the essential decency of humanity.”
Opposite of the improper use of something
“Natural philosophers ought to familiarize themselves with as much mathematics as would enable them to make the proper application of mathematics to physics.”
Opposite of overuse of a device or machine
“Another factor that contributes to the underuse of system capabilities is a lack of planning.”
Opposite of a disrespectful or scornfully abusive remark or act
“They didn't invent whispering for compliments.”
Opposite of cruel or harmful treatment or abuse
Opposite of an instance or act of wrongdoing or improper behavior
Opposite of an indifference to suffering, or pleasure in inflicting suffering
Opposite of an aggressive and violent physical act against a person or object
“Wearing sunglasses is the best defense against the sun's ultraviolet rays.”
Opposite of an insult, or that which is interpreted as one
Opposite of a profane or offensive expression used to express anger or other strong emotions
“That single pleasantry just made my day.”
Opposite of rude and disrespectful behavior
Opposite of an instance of fierce public criticism or opposition
“His defense was that he was only trying to protect himself and his family.”
Opposite of the abuse or mistreatment of someone or something
“He was subjected to immense coddling by his mother at a young age.”
Opposite of prolonged cruel or unjust treatment, especially through the exercise of authority
“Adam and Eve lived in bliss and were not subject to sickness, accident or death.”
Opposite of an unjust, dishonest, or immoral act
“Doing a good deed will generally not go unnoticed.”
Opposite of to treat with cruelty or violence, especially regularly or repeatedly
“Our top priority as parents is to protect our children.”
Opposite of to treat in a manner that violates someone's decency
Respect her and accept her wishes to be left alone.”
Opposite of to verbally criticize harshly, especially with insulting language
“We've come a long, long way together, through the hard times and the good. I have to celebrate you, baby. I have to praise you like I should.”
(honor) Opposite of to apply improperly or incorrectly in an almost obscene way
“The citizen has the right to life, liberty, and the pursuit of happiness, but he must honor the laws of his country.”
(of a quantity of something) Opposite of to apply improperly or incorrectly in an almost obscene way
“Learning to frugalize a recipe with costly ingredients is key to economical cooking.”
Opposite of to exploit someone for one's own benefit, especially in an underhanded way
“The company set out to design a cyber-security system to protect the vulnerable and less tech-savvy of us from hackers.”
Opposite of to misuse a device or machine by pushing it to, or over, its limits
“By having multiple hosts, you can migrate your virtual machines to get better performance or shut down hosts that you underutilize.”
Opposite of to mistreat or do an injustice to
“The virtuous thing to do is to right your wrongs.”
Opposite of to inflict severe physical pain on
Opposite of to put down or control by cruelty or force
(impose on/upon) Opposite of to take advantage of
“You have done so much for me in the past, and I just wanted to return the favor.”
Opposite of to strike physically or violently
“Aaron moves first, throwing a flurry of punches that I easily defend.”
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