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What is the opposite of compel?

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Opposite of to force or oblige (someone) to act
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Opposite of to compel someone by force to do something
Opposite of to ask, or demand, something (of someone)
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.”
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.”
Opposite of to effectively force (someone) to do something
“After some failed attempts to coax Charlie into testifying, they would leave alone their only witness and lament their losing case.”
Opposite of to bully in an intimidating, bossy, or supercilious way
“He used a combination of intimidation and hearsay evidence to browbeat the accused.”
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.”
Opposite of to dispel someone's doubts
“If anything, it will worry me even more if I do not have the facts.”
Opposite of to force (something unwelcome) on someone
“Would it be impertinent of me to offer some advice to you and your readers?”
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