What is the opposite of purpose?

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Noun
Opposite of an intention for which something is hoped to be accomplished
“Their indifference may be due to the fact that they see the sheer pointlessness of this program.”
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Opposite of having a strong commitment to a cause
“He played with utter indifference and apathy because he knew that this was his last season with the club.”
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Opposite of the reason for which something or someone is used or suited for
“The uselessness of the company's health and safety policy has caused many to lose faith in their products.”
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Opposite of the state of being purposeful
Noun
(mass noun) Opposite of a goal or set of goals planned ahead of time
“Igor had a sudden compulsion to go bungee jumping.”
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Opposite of a goal or purpose
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Opposite of a (clear) purpose or reason for an endeavor
“There was a noticeable level of confusion in the theme of the event.”
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Opposite of an aim, intention or purpose
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Opposite of that which is intended, such as an aim or a goal
“Even implied destiny is constantly thwarted, as the accidentalness of life continually interrupts the possibility of a shared and meaningful future.”
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Opposite of the object or goal of something
“Warnings on cigarette packets serve as a deterrent to would-be smokers.”
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Opposite of something that is the source that produces a result
“The degenerationists hold that savagery is the result of degeneration from a superior state.”
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Opposite of intention or purpose
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Opposite of courage or enthusiasm, especially in the face of adversity
“That was a display of cowardice more than anything else, a bullying tactic carried out by some low-life with a weapon who would never know what it meant to be truly in charge.”
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Opposite of one's own self-interest
“The King was warned not to proceed with war, but he ignored the advice to his detriment.”
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Opposite of a cause, purpose or reason
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Opposite of a person's regular occupation, profession, or trade
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Opposite of that to which any person or thing is destined
“He has overcome many challenges in his past to get to where he is today.”
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Opposite of the emotional or mental qualities necessary in dealing with difficult or distressing situations
Vulnerability can be a curse in a hostile environment.”
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Opposite of an ambition or hope
“Demoralising idleness and the humiliation of charity or relief work left the unemployed dispirited, apathetic, or divided.”
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Opposite of morality, generally or collectively
“The undisclosed purpose was to allow the founding of intergovernmental organizations to uphold the corruption of rogue states.”
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Opposite of the faculty by which a person decides on and initiates action
“There are frequent complaints about unwillingness to work, lack of entrepreneurialism and aversion to risk.”
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Opposite of a hope or ambition of achieving something
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Opposite of the future destined for a person or thing
“Neo's choice was to take the red pill and learn the real truth about their existence.”
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Opposite of the mental ability to handle or recover quickly from hardship
“Self-pity and defeatism are quickly banished from his mind whenever they turn up.”
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Opposite of a reasonable or comprehensible rationale
“It is complete nonsense to ask God for something, to offer Him an exchange, or even to threaten Him.”
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Opposite of ultimate goal
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Opposite of a general meaning or character
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Opposite of the prevailing or typical quality, mood, or attitude of a person, group, or period of time
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Opposite of an end goal or ambition
“Some writers and voices in the media explain away the apparent purposelessness of today's youth by problematizing the younger generation.”
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Opposite of a responsibility or duty
“They've dropped the cowardice charges, but he's going to be charged with dereliction of duty.”
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Opposite of the state, or an act, of stubbornness or doggedness
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Opposite of energy or effort expended towards an endeavor
“The inferiority might be the result of feebleness and of want of activity of the mind.”
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Opposite of the principal purpose or theme of a course of action or line of reasoning
Verb
Opposite of to intend or plan to do something
“You decided to ignore your responsibility as a parent and instead, indulged in vices.”
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Opposite of to carry out a plan with a specific purpose in mind
“The developers would abandon the new update after it received a poor reception from the public.”
Verb
Opposite of to have intentions for a given outcome
“It would chance that Cersei and Jaime would have children, though it may not necessarily have been their intention to do so.”
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Opposite of to design or adapt something for a particular purpose
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Opposite of to reach a decision or recommendation
“Over the next year, he would dither back and forth over his relationship with Peggy while the affair wound down.”
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Opposite of to make a prediction based on known data and observations
“I can only guess what is going to happen to the housing market in the next twelve months.”
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Opposite of to apply great and continuous effort
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