What is the opposite of provoke?

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Opposite of to deliberately make (someone) annoyed or angry
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“She then gave me a cute, shy little smile, completely unaware that her doing that alone was enough to mollify me.”
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Opposite of to bring about
“Land-related corruption and local abuse of power can all too easily deter progress.”
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Opposite of to stimulate or incite (someone) to do or feel something, especially by arousing anger in them
“Speaking to Sara helped to stop him from doing something stupid.”
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Opposite of to harass, annoy, or cause trouble to (someone)
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Opposite of to speak to or treat with disrespect or scornful abuse
“I just wanted to compliment Bill on speaking his mind, because I'm sure he gets a lot of flack and criticism for doing this.”
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Opposite of to arouse or trigger, especially feelings or emotions
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Opposite of to evoke or draw out (a reaction, answer, or fact) from someone
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Opposite of to cause (a belief or emotion) to become stronger or more widespread
“I defended the president on that occasion because he had done something that served to abate the panic that had reached very dangerous proportions.”
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Opposite of to bring about or cause something to happen
“The president would end the policies enacted by his predecessor as soon as he was in office.”
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(result in) Opposite of to have as a consequence
“Hyperactivity can sometimes begin with the consumption of too much sugar.”
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Opposite of to hold or engage the attention of
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Opposite of to cause a response after a particular event
“Making our staff speed-read irrelevant emails will eventually demotivate and exhaust them.”
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