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What is the antonym for the verb force? (i.e. antonym of 'urge or force (a person) to an action')

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closed as general reference by MετάEd, tchrist, FumbleFingers, choster, Brian Hooper Jun 17 '13 at 5:08

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Without using the words force, coerce, urge, antonym or opposite, write a dictionary definition of the word you're looking for. There are many words whose antonym could be force. Which one would you like? – Andrew Leach Jun 16 '13 at 8:48
What would the antonym mean? - that they are forced not to do it; that they are not forced to do it but are allowed to; that they do it willingly and force is not needed; ... ? – TrevorD Jun 16 '13 at 10:53
I assume you mean something like dissuade, hinder or prevent, but these are not antonyms in the usual sense as larger structures (eg 'She prevented him from leaving') are involved. – Edwin Ashworth Jun 16 '13 at 15:46
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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.

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