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What is the opposite of commanding?

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Adjective
Opposite of having or characterized by authority, or the air of authority
Adjective
Opposite of showy, bold or audacious in behavior or appearance
Adjective
Opposite of superseding others in importance or status
“In a result that shocked everyone, the third-seeded player was knocked out by the lowest seed in the competition.”
Adjective
Opposite of grand and impressive in appearance
Adjective
Opposite of having power and influence over others
“It was a disappointingly weak performance by a team supposedly in search of redemption.”
Adjective
Opposite of relating to the management or administration of an organization
Adjective
Opposite of confident in one's own abilities
Adjective
Opposite of done, or behaving, in a brusquely imperious or authoritarian way
Adjective
Opposite of denotes the effectiveness or dominance of a particular action
“Leaders who do not look after the interests of their followers are not only unethical but ineffective.”
Adjective
Opposite of behaving or done in a determined and forceful way
“His argument, both weak and unpersuasive, was met with silence from the audience.”
Adjective
Opposite of grand or imposing in nature or appearance
Adjective
Opposite of involving or creating favorable circumstances that increase the chances of success or effectiveness
“The Germans were hampered by poor visibility, in addition to being in an unfavorable tactical position, just as Jellicoe had intended.”
Adjective
Opposite of the most important in terms of rank or status
“She has years of experience as an assistant manager and is very eager to take the next step.”
Adjective
Opposite of holding a dominant status or position
“And all subordinate authorities, at whatever level, were expressly forbidden to alter, gloss, or interpret the law in any way.”
Adjective
Opposite of filling a place
Adjective
Opposite of having influence or power
“The errand boy was an insignificant person, mostly unrecognized by those around him.”
Adjective
Opposite of being the authoritative or definitive source of, or reference for
Adjective
Opposite of required or commanded by authority
“All donations are voluntary and tax-deductible.”
Adjective
Opposite of recognized for one's power, talents or achievements
“The class focused on the lesser-known inconspicuous religious leaders of the last century.”
Noun
Opposite of the process or activity of running a business, organization, etc
“Any town officer may be removed from office by the supreme court for any misconduct, maladministration, malfeasance, or malversation in office.”
Preposition
Opposite of higher in grade, rank, status, or position
“The Sergeant Major barked orders at the soldiers who were beneath him in rank.”
Verb
Opposite of present participle for to give an authoritative or peremptory order
“I wondered why he would ask me to take out the rubbish when he himself had nothing else on his agenda.”
Verb
Opposite of present participle for to direct, handle, control, or be in charge of
“When his beloved mother died, Shaka became unhinged and began to mismanage his army.”
Verb
Opposite of present participle for to be in a strong enough position to have or secure (something)
“Despite granting wage increases to teachers and doctors, he is starting to lose the support of the middle class.”
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