What is the opposite of force?

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Noun
Opposite of strength or energy as an attribute of physical action or movement
“His failure to put a second-rater like Burns to sleep was an excellent proof of the weakness of his blows.”
Noun
Opposite of the powerful effect of something
“It is necessary to explore the reasons for the ineffectiveness of communication methods adopted by private tour operators and community projects in Campfire areas.”
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Opposite of coercion or compulsion, especially with the use or threat of violence
“It is unclear, however, whether they did so on their own volition or by order of higher commands.”
Noun
Opposite of mental or moral strength or power
“It had only been twenty minutes into the lesson when Jenny soon found herself being pulled into an inescapable state of hebetude.”
Noun
Opposite of the property of being sprightly
Noun
Opposite of ardor or zeal inspired by passion or enthusiasm
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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 a forceful collision of two things
“The aversion of traffic calamity was a result of the two drivers' avoidance of an accident, thanks to their quick thinking and reaction.”
Noun
Opposite of fervent or passionate emotion or enthusiasm
“He lacked the fire and point of his usual bearing on the battlefield, and there was apparent apathy in his movements.”
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Opposite of the intensity in a destructive natural force
“She sat on some flat rocks enjoying the calmness of the summer breeze and whistling along with the songbirds in the morning.”
Noun
Opposite of the ability of someone or something to influence decisions or actions
“Without their messages on self-need and state of being, displayed cues that he perceived, they would have remained objects of insignificance to him.”
Noun
Opposite of the degree of intensity of a feeling or belief
“One can only mask any irresolution in one's beliefs for only so long.”
Noun
Opposite of the action or practice of persuading someone to do something by using force or threats
Noun
Opposite of a subdivision of a larger military grouping
Noun
Opposite of a permanent unit of an army typically commanded by a lieutenant colonel and divided into several companies, squadrons, or batteries and often into two battalions
Noun
Opposite of the force per unit area exerted by a fluid against a surface with which it is in contact
“The amount of general anesthesia using muscle relaxants helped the easing up of airflow during expiration and inspiration.”
Noun
Opposite of the use of persuasion or intimidation to make someone do something
“We have the freedom to do what we want.”
Noun
Opposite of a means of pursuing an aim
Noun
Opposite of the use of force to impel an action
Noun
Opposite of a group of troops, aircraft, or ships sent away on a separate mission
Noun
(the law) Opposite of the police or law enforcement
“He is pressured by the peaceful environment into becoming a criminal or a misfit.”
Verb
Opposite of to obligate to do something
“I leaned away from him to deter him from doing anything drastic.”
Verb
Opposite of to engage in activity with a person unwilling or unable to give consent
“Finally, they were able to coax him out of bed with the promise of a never-ending pot of coffee and donut holes.”
Verb
Opposite of to drive or push into a specified position or state using physical strength or against resistance
“Much to my surprise, I was able to fit all my clothes into the luggage.”
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Opposite of to exert force or pressure on
“Her school bag was so heavy that she had to place it on the ground and pull it all the way to the car.”
Verb
Opposite of to persuade forcefully
“His fellow partners initially sought to dissuade him from retirement as they believed that such an action might lead to the loss of those audits held in his name.”
Verb
Opposite of to move past someone or something with force
“Sarah had to wait until the crowd dispersed before she could proceed to take a photo with one of her idols.”
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Opposite of to coerce into doing something using intimidatory tactics
Verb
Opposite of to compel someone by legal, moral, or physical means to do something
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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 obtain money or favors by intimidation, violence, or the misuse of authority
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Opposite of to engage in carnal activity with a person unwilling or unable to give consent
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Opposite of to force (something) into place or into a (compact) space
“The prince was determined to find the mysterious princess, and he knew that only she could fit her foot snugly into the glass slipper.”
Verb
Opposite of force into a narrow space
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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 fill by crowding something into
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Opposite of to force (something unwelcome) on someone
“Would it be impertinent of me to offer some advice to you and your readers?”
Verb
(usually of an object) Opposite of to physically strain, or to apply force as to cause strain
“My new shoes would gradually begin to give after several hours of being worn.”
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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.”
Verb
Opposite of to deter or cause to feel fear, especially by threats of violence
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Opposite of to place or put between or among others
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