What is the opposite of initiative?

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Opposite of the ability, and usually motivation, to assess and initiate things independently
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“He has general apathy to do anything for himself since he lives at home with his parents.”
Opposite of the capacity to think independently or be inventive
“Despite frequent disappointments, largely due to the indifference or unimaginativeness of others, he carried many amazing things through to completion.”
Opposite of the first step in a series of maneuvers
“The signing of the memorandum is the final step in bankrolling the project.”
Opposite of the power or opportunity to act or take charge before others do
“The reason is that advantageous situations do not come up that often, so most of your hands are played with a disadvantage.”
(somewhat rare) Opposite of the initial portion of some extended thing
“The players will generally put their competitiveness aside and congratulate each other at the end of the game.”
Opposite of a special effort exerted towards a particular goal
“Due to the controversy, there was genuine hesitation by the team to release the film to the public.”
Opposite of the ability to solve difficult problems, often in original, clever, and inventive ways
Opposite of a military strike or incursion
“They made their retreat when the local tribes began to show some aggression.”
Opposite of the object or goal of something
“Warnings on cigarette packets serve as a deterrent to would-be smokers.”
Opposite of a strategy worked out in advance to achieve a goal
“I had to rely on improvisation as I was given very little to work with during my presentation.”
Opposite of ability to understand and reason
Opposite of a belief that one supports
“Your actions have a sense of purposelessness that I find difficult to swallow.”
Opposite of a measure or action, especially one of a series taken for a given purpose or goal
Opposite of serving to initiate
“For the closing ceremony, Monroe called upon the elder midwives to come into a healing circle.”
Opposite of of or relating to inception
Opposite of preceding all others in time
Opposite of denotes having high priority
“When doubled over and obsessing about banana chocolate chip muffins, the last thing on my mind is yoga.”
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