What is the opposite of nurturing?

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Verb
(caring for) Opposite of looking after someone or something
Abandoning their young to fend for themselves was a common trait observed in this particular species.”
Verb
Opposite of present participle for to care for and protect (someone or something) while they are growing
“According to a study, parents who abused alcohol and drugs were four times more likely to neglect their children.”
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Opposite of present participle for to provide with nourishment
“It is no surprise that your flowers are not thriving when you deprive them of water.”
Verb
Opposite of present participle for to help or encourage the growth or development of
“Pushy and overenthusiastic parents may consciously or unconsciously hinder their children's development and make them more prone to early burnout and mental fatigue.”
Verb
Opposite of present participle for to teach, train or educate in a given field
“Superficial self-help jargon, abusive application of talk-show psychology, and inaccurate information would misguide her because of her own well-concealed insecurity.”
Adjective
Opposite of having the qualities of gentleness, kindness, and care, typically like that of a mother
Adjective
Opposite of having the characteristics or qualities of a mother
Adjective
Opposite of giving someone support or confidence
“Mike's not pleased with the idea, but doesn't want to seem unsupportive.”
Noun
Opposite of the act of furthering or helping forward
Noun
Opposite of the act of nurturing, fostering or advancing someone or something
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