What is the opposite of authority?

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Noun
Opposite of the power or right to give orders, make decisions, and enforce obedience
“Their powerlessness to control the raging protests across the country will result in small scale confrontations with police.”
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Opposite of a person who is highly skilled or knowledgeable in their field
“The study represents the attempt of a medieval scholar, who is only an amateur in the field of contemporary formal logic.”
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Opposite of the power or standing to affect, control or manipulate (something or someone)
“They were well known for their political passiveness, a position supported by a deep-seated belief in the impotency of ordinary folk in the face of political ambitions.”
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Opposite of the right to act in a specified way, delegated from one person or organization to another
“Even as late as the 1930s there was strong professional interdiction against operating on the heart.”
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Opposite of the capability of a person or argument to convince or persuade
“The unsatisfactoriness and unconvincingness of these claims soon became apparent in the psychoanalytic literature.”
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Opposite of evidence on which to base an opinion or belief on
“It turns out Risaku's mere hunch became reality and an assassin stood there, loitering in the doorway.”
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Opposite of sovereignty, power or control
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Opposite of control or dominance over someone or something
“This kind of freedom may coincide with the cruelest despotism and with the subjugation of the overwhelming majority of the people.”
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(of a person) Opposite of the quality of having a high personal standing or status
“Your unimportance to this group is really understated.”
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Opposite of a right or privilege exclusive to a particular individual or class
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Opposite of a condition or circumstance that puts one in a favorable position
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Opposite of a person who has the support of his peers to lead or direct
“Jack's follower had become non-compliant in the days leading up to his traitorous act.”
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Opposite of a notable person within a specific field
“Struggling to make an impact, he remained a relative unknown in his industry.”
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Opposite of control of or dominion over an area or people
“Fundamentally, the subordination of the oppressed nations to the major powers is rooted in economic relations.”
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Opposite of the practice or method of imposing strict rules of behavior on other people
“Attempts to curb the unruliness at home failed miserably because the parents had lost control of their kids.”
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Opposite of something or someone that serves as a pattern of behavior to be imitated
“As a franchise consultant, he was a great advocate of the proven systems and processes established by McDonald's.”
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Opposite of the ability of someone or something to influence decisions or actions
“Without their messages on self-need and state of being, displayed cues that he perceived, they would have remained objects of insignificance to him.”
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Opposite of a dominant position in a competitive environment
“As we have only just started this company, we literally have the last place in our market right now.”
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Opposite of the action or manner of controlling or regulating a state, organization, or people
“When law and order break down in a country, it is the first step towards anarchy and chaos.”
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Opposite of property of being lawful, of obeying the law
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Opposite of one who offers advice to others
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Opposite of great knowledge in a particular field
“He tried his best to fake it, but his ignorance on the subject would inevitably be exposed.”
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Opposite of a person who decides the results of a competition
“If at the conclusion of ten rounds, no competitor is able to subdue their opponent, a panel of four judges will decide the victor.”
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