What is the opposite of encouraging?

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Adjective
Opposite of showing signs of future success
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Opposite of giving someone support or confidence
Adjective
Opposite of displaying what is likely to develop in a desirable or successful way
“All he has shown thus far is that he will be a questionable asset to this company.”
Adjective
Opposite of denotes a constructive or productive feeling
“As a result of their unproductive response, we were unable to attain the information required to proceed.”
Adjective
Opposite of providing inspiration
“We can barely remember what Joe was talking about during his largely uninspiring speech.”
Adjective
Opposite of feeling, showing, or expressing sympathy
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Adjective
Opposite of thought-provoking in nature
“Simon's dull perspective of the world would often lead to awkward social interactions.”
Adjective
Opposite of marked by invigoration
“Perhaps the most unhealthy practice in sport is the use of performance-enhancing drugs.”
Adjective
Opposite of a feeling of positivity, satisfaction, or enjoyment
“We are feeling sad and upset about the recent tragic events which have unfolded.”
Adjective
(archaic) Opposite of received or experienced with gratitude
“Our rest was disturbed by an unwelcome banging on the door.”
Adjective
Opposite of being agreeable or assenting
Verb
Opposite of bringing or inviting someone to share in an activity
“Harmful gossip and rumors will lead to the ostracizing of individuals.”
Verb
Opposite of to be triggering a passionate feeling or reaction
“Harper was worked up at having lost her favorite doll, and her mother was in the process of calming her.”
Verb
Opposite of present participle for to drive spiritually or urge someone on
“I wouldn't want to discourage them, but I would urge caution and some sensible risk assessment.”
Verb
Opposite of present participle for to champion or foster a cause
“We must oppose any trade rules based on even the most minimalist form of reciprocity in market access.”
Verb
Opposite of present participle for to advise or persuade in favor of something
“He could have tried to dissuade her or, at the very least, adjusted his strategy accordingly.”
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