What is the opposite of action?

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Noun
Opposite of the mechanics of a movement
“There was a significant degree of inflexibility in his movements, and the coach knew then and there that he would never make it as an athlete.”
Noun
(mass noun) Opposite of something done to achieve an aim
“The issue will not rectify itself with this much inaction!”
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Opposite of the effect or influence of something, typically a chemical or substance
“I stopped taking supplements because of their ineffectiveness in improving my health.”
Noun
(boredom) Opposite of exciting or fast-paced activity
“We regret going to the event as it was filled with nothing but boredom.”
Noun
(peace) Opposite of exciting or fast-paced activity
“We like going out into nature for some peace and quiet.”
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(of a person) Opposite of the quality of being energetic and ambitious
“He was a man of leisure who barely knew the meaning of hard work.”
Noun
(of a person) Opposite of the quality of being energetic and ambitious
“Little wonder he has not made much of his life given his timidity.”
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(mass noun) Opposite of armed combat
“Fighting would cease, and peace would be restored.”
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Opposite of a measure or action, especially one of a series taken for a given purpose or goal
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Opposite of a strategy worked out in advance to achieve a goal
“I had to rely on improvisation as I was given very little to work with during my presentation.”
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Opposite of an occurrence or happening
“As it turned out, it was nothing!”
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Opposite of a strategy or a well thought out consideration
“That last mistake has certainly cost us dearly.”
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Opposite of a lawsuit
Noun
Opposite of a project or undertaking, especially a bold or complex one
Noun
Opposite of a feeling of great enthusiasm and eagerness
“My complete disinterest in the sport doesn't mean I'm ignorant of the importance it bears in the character building of some men.”
Noun
Opposite of the act of dealing with or taking notice of someone or something
“Deadlines were fast approaching and frivolous matters were treated with disregard as a consequence of prioritization.”
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(manufacturing) Opposite of a set of procedures used to produce a product
“The disorganization in the stages of manufacture led to an inferior product.”
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Opposite of something performed successfully with effort, skill, or courage
“A wholly unusual and uncommercial film, it was a spectacular failure upon release.”
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Opposite of a movement of part of the body, especially a hand or the head, to express an idea or meaning
Noun
Opposite of an event or occurrence, especially one that is noteworthy
Noun
Opposite of knowledge gathered throughout one's life
“He was fresh out of college and his inexperience was obvious.”
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Opposite of in human sexual behavior, the acts at the beginning of a sexual encounter that serve to build up sexual arousal
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Opposite of a tactic or artifice designed to gain the upper hand
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Opposite of a claim that a circumstance means that one should not be blamed for or should not be forced to do something
Noun
Opposite of time in military operation
“Amy had to endure a few years of disservice but came back in peak physical condition.”
Noun
Opposite of a readiness to engage in (usually challenging) activity
“He has consistently demonstrated apathy and an unwillingness to push himself.”
Verb
Opposite of to act on, or put into action, a request
“Your demands are unreasonable and I will do everything I can to repeal them.”
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