What is the opposite of working?

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Adjective
Opposite of functioning or able to function
Adjective
Opposite of having paid employment
Adjective
Opposite of sufficient to work with at a basic level
Adjective
Opposite of being in a state of activity
Adjective
Opposite of unavailable for meetings
“The doctor is available and will see you now.”
Adjective
Opposite of arranged or existing for the present, possibly to be changed later
Adjective
Opposite of not impaired
Adjective
Opposite of put into practical use
“Your theory sounds reasonable in a theoretical sense, but cannot realistically be applied to the real world.”
Adjective
Opposite of hard-working, diligent or regular (in attendance or work)
Adjective
Opposite of participating or engaged in a positive or spontaneous way
Adjective
Opposite of on-screen
Adjective
Opposite of in operation
Adjective
Opposite of temporarily helping
Adjective
(in a crime, process, etc) Opposite of associated with others, be a participant or make someone be a participant
“Senior officers believe that their suspect and the events that took place earlier this month are unrelated.”
Adjective
Opposite of having attained a desired end or state of good fortune
Adjective
Opposite of being in a healthy and functional state
“His faculties were still ailing after having endured multiple concussions during his sporting career.”
Noun
Opposite of the capabilities or efficiency of a machine or product
“This pitch has done nothing but display the ineffectiveness of your product.”
Noun
Opposite of the state of being active, operative, or effective
“The inactivity of the marketing department is starting to become a significant expense for the company.”
Noun
Opposite of development of land for growing
Noun
Opposite of the mechanics of a movement
“There was a significant degree of inflexibility in his movements, and the coach knew then and there that he would never make it as an athlete.”
Verb
Opposite of actively engaged in an assigned task, duty or occupation
Verb
Opposite of utilizing or employing a tangible object
“He was often misusing a fork for drinking soup.”
Verb
Opposite of present participle for performing a task as part of one's employment
“I will resign from my position as a ranger at the local national park next week.”
Verb
Opposite of present participle for to exert oneself for a particular purpose
“I would laze late into the night despite having work to complete.”
Verb
Opposite of present participle for to function with a specific purpose
“These blunt scissors fail as a tool for cutting.”
Verb
Opposite of present participle for to produce as a result of effort
“Consuming too many calories will counteract your efforts to lose weight.”
Verb
Opposite of present participle for to be successful
“This plan of action is defective and will surely fail.”
Verb
Opposite of present participle for to be in working condition
“Your computer will break down if you spill coffee on it.”
Verb
Opposite of present participle for to produce the desired effect
“He waited for an hour, but the medication would fizzle and have no effect.”
Verb
Opposite of present participle for to bring into a heightened emotional state
“The diplomatic politician would pacify his energetic supporters during his rallies.”
Verb
Opposite of present participle for to effect by gradual degrees
“I had to bulldoze my way through the large crowds.”
Verb
Opposite of present participle for to shape or form a given material
“The apprentice baker would butcher the dough with his unskilled hands.”
Verb
(farming) Opposite of present participle for to cultivate soil
“The farmers would unwittingly damage the vast expanses of land after having grown their crops on them.”
Verb
Opposite of present participle for to arrange or contrive
“The political consultant was prepared to play by the rules in order to get his candidate elected.”
Verb
Opposite of present participle for to move in an agitated manner
“Jane's left twitching eyelid would settle after she calmed down.”
Verb
Opposite of present participle for to arrive at an answer through logic
“I had to think long and hard, then I had to give up on figuring out this puzzle.”
Verb
Opposite of present participle for to provide for, usually for one's family
“The negligent father would neglect his family's needs.”
Verb
Opposite of present participle for to cause someone to work, usually hard
“He was a laid-back coach who would coddle his players rather than push them.”
Prepositional phrase
Opposite of available when requested
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