What is the opposite of browbeat?

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Opposite of to bully in an intimidating, bossy, or supercilious way
“He used a combination of intimidation and hearsay evidence to browbeat the accused.”
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Opposite of to persuade (an unwilling person) to do something by using force or threats
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Opposite of to intimidate, especially by daunting the spirits or courage of
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Opposite of to rule over or control arbitrarily or arrogantly
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Opposite of to intimidate, subdue, or control by awe
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Opposite of to suffocate a person's space as if to coerce them to do something
“He tried his best to make conversation but would relent when it became obvious she wasn't interested.”
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Opposite of to coerce into doing something using intimidatory tactics
“The overall goal of disaster response sheltering is to encourage people to evacuate in order to prevent loss of human life.”
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Opposite of to demand earnestly or pressingly
“The doctor would deter my efforts to pursue a sporting profession due to how prone I am to injury.”
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Opposite of to state one's intention to take hostile action against (someone) in retribution for something done or not done
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Opposite of to intimidate
“Having him on board, at least for an interim period, would reassure customers and staff.”
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Opposite of to have convinced or manipulated
“The rationalization that our weapons potpourri confused the enemy into fear of misbehaving is absurd and threatening.”
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Opposite of to convince or manipulate
“The convenient rationalization that our weapons potpourri will confuse the enemy into fear of misbehaving is absurd and threatening.”
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Opposite of to give (someone) orders in a domineering manner
“I serve my master, but I am not compelled to spend the night parleying with his lacqueys.”
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Opposite of to overawe someone, especially with words or facts they may not fully comprehend
“In attempting to elucidate the significance of this paradox, I want to proceed carefully.”
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Opposite of stick to your guns
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Opposite of to disconcert someone with an unblinking face-to-face confrontation
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Opposite of to behave as if one is in control of
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Opposite of to cause someone to do something, usually against their inclinations
“My parents would ask me nicely to practice the violin when I was younger.”
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Opposite of to have caused someone to do something, usually against their inclinations
“My parents asked me nicely to practice the violin when I was younger.”
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Opposite of to shame or humiliate someone
“I just wanted to compliment Bill on speaking his mind, because I'm sure he gets a lot of flack and criticism for doing this.”
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