What is the antonym for the verb force? (i.e. antonym of 'urge or force (a person) to an action')
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There really isn't a direct one. The best you'll probably get is 'allow' or a synonym thereof, such as 'permit', or 'let'.
Alternately, you could make a reasonable case that, for some uses, 'request' or a synonym thereof is a more appropriate choice.