1. Simple voluntary action


[Antonyms: action.]

[Nouns] inaction, passiveness, abstinence from action; noninterference; Fabian policy, conservative policy; neglect [more].

inactivity [more]; rest (repose) [more]; quiescence [more]; want of occupation, inoccupation; idle hours, time hanging on one's hands, dolce far niente; sinecure; soft snap, soft thing.

[Verbs] not do, not act, not attempt; be inactive [more]; abstain from doing, do nothing, hold, spare; not stir, not move, not lift a finger, not lift a foot, not lift a peg; fold one's arms, fold one's hands; leave alone, let alone; let be, let pass, let things take their course, let it have its way, let well alone; quieta non movere; stare super antiquas vias; rest and be thankful, live and let live; lie rest upon one's oars; laisser aller, faire; stand aloof; refrain (avoid) [more] keep oneself from doing; remit one's efforts, relax one's efforts; desist (relinquish) [more]; stop (cease) [more]; pause (be quiet) [more].

wait, lie in wait, bide one's time, take time, tide it over.

cool one's heels, kick one's heels; while away the time, while away tedious hours; pass the time, fill up the time, beguile the time; talk against time; waste time (inactive) [more].

lie by, lie on the shelf, lie in ordinary, lie idle, lie to, lie fallow; keep quiet, slug; have nothing to do, whistle for want of thought.

undo, do away with; take down, take to pieces; destroy [more].

[Adjectives] not doing; not done; undone; passive; unoccupied, unemployed; out of employ, out of work; fallow; desaeuvre.

[Adverbs] re infecta, at a stand, les bras croisis, with folded arms; with the hands in the pockets, with the hands behind one's back; pour passer le temps.

[Interjections] so let it be! stop! [more]; hands off!

[Phrases] cunctando restituit rem.

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