What is the opposite of rule?

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Noun
Opposite of control of or dominion over an area or people
“Fundamentally, the subordination of the oppressed nations to the major powers is rooted in economic relations.”
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Opposite of one of a set of explicit or understood regulations or principles governing conduct or procedure
“The Chief Inspector stated to the media that the perpetrator would feel the full force of the law and pay for his transgression.”
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Opposite of the normal or customary state of things
“The dog never wavered, not for a second, and I can tell you, this was a serious departure from his normal routine.”
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Opposite of an official order or proclamation issued by a person in authority
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Opposite of a belief or set of beliefs held and taught by a Church, political party, or other group
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Opposite of control or dominance over someone or something
“This kind of freedom may coincide with the cruelest despotism and with the subjugation of the overwhelming majority of the people.”
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Opposite of domination, influence, or authority over another
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Opposite of a written public announcement of intentions or of the terms of an agreement
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Opposite of a condition or circumstance that puts one in a favorable position
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Opposite of a principle or standard by which something may be judged or decided
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(usually used in plural form "essentials") Opposite of a fundamental element or characteristic
“Frankly, I find the minutia of everyday life much more interesting than the glaring important life-changing events that shape our lives.”
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Opposite of the power or right to give orders, make decisions, and enforce obedience
“Their powerlessness to control the raging protests across the country will result in small scale confrontations with police.”
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Opposite of an essential or indispensable element, condition, or ingredient
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Opposite of a long, narrow mark or band
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Opposite of a rule used to determine one's choices
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Opposite of behaviour that is considered acceptable or polite to most members of a society
Noun
Opposite of a thing that is done to comply with rules or regulations
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Opposite of the action or manner of controlling or regulating a state, organization, or people
“When law and order break down in a country, it is the first step towards anarchy and chaos.”
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Opposite of the customary or correct method or procedure
“With legal impropriety, the judge bullied the jury into a finding of guilty.”
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Opposite of explanation based on hypothesis and experiments
Noun
(of a person) Opposite of the quality of having a high personal standing or status
“Your unimportance to this group is really understated.”
Noun
Opposite of an authoritative command or instruction
“Joe had been given the liberty to carry out his own brand of justice by a mysterious agency.”
Noun
Opposite of a leading or primary principle, rule, law, or article
“Force is the ally and auxiliary of the law, so as long as the latter is respected, the force will be inactive.”
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Opposite of an authoritative order
“When I was a boy, my aunt, then a radio announcer, declined my request to play my favorite tune on air.”
Noun
Opposite of the limitation or control of someone or something, or the state of being restricted
Noun
Opposite of the responsibility for and control of a company or organization
“Spectacularly inspired mismanagement by airline executives actually deserves much of the blame for the state of the industry.”
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Opposite of a judgment or verdict arrived at after consideration
“Her argument was founded on a quarter of the jury having been lost over five sitting days, the jury's indecision, and the lengthy deliberations.”
Noun
Opposite of the fact or condition of being common, prevalent, or in the majority
Noun
Opposite of the management or guidance of someone or something
Verb
Opposite of to govern or rule over
“Boxhorn kept stressing the absolutist dogma that the people fervently obey their King, no matter what rights he violated.”
Verb
Opposite of to restrain or have control over
“I finally let the madness relinquish its hold on me.”
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Opposite of to be in power
“This is the day that I officially abdicate my throne and pass the kingship on to my successor.”
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Opposite of to pronounce authoritatively and legally to be the case
“He enters a strong and solemn protest against that ANtinomian spirit which would reject the law as a rule of life.”
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Opposite of to be a dominant or powerful factor
“One of the most frequently cited reasons why a team can struggle is that strong individual performers are often not team-oriented.”
Verb
Opposite of to keep from exceeding a desirable degree or level
“He would take deep breaths as a coping mechanism when negative thoughts and feelings were threatening to get out of control.”
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Opposite of to make less powerful or intense, thereby easier to control
“In an ancient era, twin girls are raised as boys to prevent their wizard father from sacrificing them to intensify his supernatural powers.”
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Opposite of to rule over or control arbitrarily or arrogantly
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Opposite of to give an authoritative or decisive command or order
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Opposite of to be in charge or command of
“Several specialists would serve in a team led by Danny Ocean who wanted to pull off one of the greatest heists of all time.”
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Opposite of to declare, determine or deem to be (a certain way)
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Opposite of to instruct or order (someone) to do something
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Opposite of to declare or announce in a formal or solemn way
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Opposite of to direct, handle, control, or be in charge of
“When his beloved mother died, Shaka became unhinged and began to mismanage his army.”
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Opposite of to regulate or keep under control
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Opposite of to direct or influence the behavior or development of
“What that tells me is that right now, is that whatever is being reported could be information to deceive and mislead people.”
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Opposite of to control by means of rules and regulations
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Opposite of to command the doing of by one's authority
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Opposite of to pronounce (a judgement or judicial sentence)
“In an unexpected twist of fate, the judge would withhold the defendant's sentence.”
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Opposite of to give an instruction under one's (legal) authority
“You will find that some countries will ban research on apes to protect them from any kind of scientific testing.”
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Opposite of to take, or be in, charge of
“As with the Italian condottiere, they were willing to serve any master with whom their chief could make satisfactory arrangements.”
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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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