What is the opposite of required?

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Adjective
(optional) Opposite of officially compulsory, or otherwise considered essential
“The study said the government's decision to make languages optional for pupils over 14 was having an adverse effect.”
Adjective
(superfluous) Opposite of officially compulsory, or otherwise considered essential
“Britain's most famous survival expert is clearly not the sort of chap to indulge himself with superfluous gadgets.”
Adjective
Opposite of according to one's preferences or requirements
“They were given unspecified measurements, so they were uncertain as to whether to guess or proceed at all.”
Adjective
Opposite of done against someone's will
Adjective
Opposite of obliged by law, circumstances, or duty to do something
Adjective
Opposite of in accordance with regulations
Adjective
Opposite of impossible to avoid
Adjective
Opposite of committed
Adjective
Opposite of anticipated or expected
Adjective
Opposite of certain to happen
“Failure is avoidable if you take the necessary precautions.”
Adjective
Opposite of highly wanted or sought-after
Adjective
Opposite of proper, right
Adjective
Opposite of requiring immediate or vigilant action or attention
“Anxieties regarding respectability were often concealed by seemingly trivial complaints over children, gardens or noise.”
Verb
Opposite of to have made a request, or demand, of someone
“Because they ignored my requests to stop talking in the cinema, I forced them to do so.”
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(of a task or situation) Opposite of to have had a necessity for a particular person or thing
“We already had plenty of eggs and did not need anymore.”
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Opposite of to have caused someone to do something, usually against their inclinations
“My parents asked me nicely to practice the violin when I was younger.”
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Opposite of to have established or stipulated as a previous condition
“The contract was rigid and prevented any deviations from the stipulated conditions of sale.”
Verb
Opposite of past tense for to ask, or demand, something (of someone)
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Opposite of past tense for to have a need for
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