V. WORDS RELATING TO THE VOLUNTARY POWERS; INDIVIDUAL VOLITION

II. Prospective Volition

1. Conceptional volition

[Absence of pursuit] Avoidance.

[Antonyms: pursuit.]

[Nouns] abstention, abstinence; forbearance; refraining; inaction [more]; neutrality.

avoidance, evasion, elusion; seclusion [more].

avolation, flight; escape [more]; retreat [more]; recoil [more]; departure [more]; rejection [more].

shirker; truant; fugitive, refugee; runaway, runagate; maroon.

[Verbs] abstain, refrain, spare, not attempt; not do [more]; maintain the even tenor of one's way.

eschew, keep from, let alone, have nothing to do with; keep aloof, keep off, stand aloof, stand off, hold aloof, hold off; take no part in, have no hand in.

avoid, shun; steer clear of, keep clear of; fight shy of; keep one's distance, keep at a respectful distance; keep out of the way, get out of the way; evade, elude, turn away from; set one's face against (oppose) [more]; deny oneself.

shrink back; hang back, hold back, draw back; recoil [more]; retire (recede) [more]; flinch, blink, blench, shy, shirk, dodge, parry, make way for, give place to.

beat a retreat; turn tail, turn one's back; take to one's heels; runaway, run for one's life; cut and run; be off like a shot; fly, flee; fly away, flee away, run away from; take flight, take to flight; desert, elope; make off, scamper off, sneak off, shuffle off, sheer off; break away, tear oneself away, slip away, slink away, steel away, make away from, scamper away from, sneak away from, shuffle away from, sheer away from; slip cable, part company, turn one's heel; sneak out of, play truant, give one the go by, give leg bail, take French leave, slope, decamp, flit, bolt, abscond, levant, skedadle, absquatulate [U.S.], cut one's stick, walk one's chalks, show a light pair of heels, make oneself scarce; escape [more]; go away (depart) [more]; abandon [more]; reject [more].

lead one a dance, lead one a pretty dance; throw off the scent, play at hide and seek.

[Adjectives] unsought, unattempted; avoiding; neutral, shy of (unwilling) [more]; elusive, evasive; fugitive, runaway; shy, wild.

[Adjectives] lest, in order to avoid.

[Interjections] forbear! keep off, hands off! sauve qui peut! devil take the hindmost!

[Phrases] "things unattempted yet in prose or rhyme" [Paradise Lost].

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