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What is the opposite of control?

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Noun
Opposite of the process or act of managing, running or governing (something)
“A feeling of powerlessness overwhelmed her when she realized that there was no answer to her dilemma.”
Noun
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.”
Noun
Opposite of proficiency or mastery in executing a task or skill
“I'm plodding on with the street scene, painting, and it's beginning to come to life in spite of my tremulous incompetence.”
Noun
Opposite of one's composure or state of calmness
“He was obviously frustrated, and the agitation in his voice and demeanor was evident.”
Noun
Opposite of a benchmark by which something is evaluated
“Comparisons with other cultures need no longer engender feelings of inferiority and inadequacy.”
Noun
Opposite of something that impedes the progress or movement of someone or something
Noun
Opposite of domination, influence, or authority over another
Noun
Opposite of the state or feeling of being calm and in control of oneself
Noun
Opposite of a condition or circumstance that puts one in a favorable position
Noun
(someone or something) Opposite of the state of supervising, protecting, and maintaining the health and welfare of
“Due to her negligence, Lily had lost the rights to her children.”
Noun
Opposite of the avoidance of excess or extremes, especially in one's behavior
Noun
Opposite of the state or fact of having or possessing something
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.”
Noun
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.”
Noun
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.”
Noun
Opposite of the state, act, or fact of being calm and composed
Noun
Opposite of the action of living in or using a building or other place
Noun
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.”
Noun
Opposite of the management or guidance of someone or something
Noun
Opposite of the manner in which an organization or activity is managed or directed
“The Council's inaction has allowed a worsening of conditions at the spot.”
Noun
Opposite of the action of overseeing something
Noun
Opposite of a means of control or restraint
“To be maximally effective, early detection in primary care and facilitation of help-seeking in the wider community must also be addressed.”
Verb
Opposite of to exert influence over or dictate the outcome of
“I think it is time I surrender my hold on this domain and acknowledge defeat.”
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Opposite of to restrain or to keep in check
Free yourself from the tyranny of emotional baggage, and you will be able to move on.”
Verb
Opposite of to make less powerful or intense, thereby easier to control
“In an ancient era, twin girls are raised as boys to prevent their wizard father from sacrificing them to intensify his supernatural powers.”
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Opposite of to regulate or keep under control
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Opposite of to overcome or bring under control
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Opposite of to defeat, subdue or overcome with superior strength
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Opposite of to obtain, arrange, or achieve by indirect, complicated or intensive efforts
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Opposite of to direct, handle, control, or be in charge of
“I am not going to stand by silently while you mismanage these sacred funds the way you have chosen to do in recent months.”
Verb
Opposite of to restrain or repress, especially one's feelings, opinions or emotions
“He could ill afford to openly express his joy at Hedda's escape, as this surely would be looked upon by Gerhard as an act of treason.”
Verb
Opposite of to regulate the speed or amount of something given or administered
“Do not rush the amount of information that you provide to the learner at any one time.”
Verb
Opposite of to keep under control, especially something that is increasing in intensity or extremity
“He is the latest candidate to unleash his anger with raw and emotional language.”
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Opposite of to have power and influence over
“After three straight weeks with poor performances, the young gun continues to struggle at the elite level of the sport.”
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Opposite of to obtain, arrange, or achieve by indirect, complicated or intensive efforts
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Opposite of to be in charge or command of
“Several specialists would serve in a team led by Danny Ocean who wanted to pull off one of the greatest heists of all time.”
Verb
Opposite of to manage
“Many agents sell a bunch of houses, then spend all their time servicing those houses and neglect their business.”
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Opposite of to direct or influence the behavior or development of
“What that tells me is that right now, is that whatever is being reported could be information to deceive and mislead people.”
Verb
Opposite of to take, or be in, charge of
“As with the Italian condottiere, they were willing to serve any master with whom their chief could make satisfactory arrangements.”
Verb
Opposite of to keep from exceeding a desirable degree or level
“He would take deep breaths as a coping mechanism when negative thoughts and feelings were threatening to get out of control.”
Verb
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.”
Verb
Opposite of to struggle against one's emotions
“She tried spiritedly to not succumb to the temptations of chocolate chip cookies.”
Verb
Opposite of to cause something to function with motion
“If you need to stop the car while ascending a slope, pull on the handbrakes.”
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