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    antonyms of motivate

    In chess tournaments, I am motivated to beat a stronger opponent. But I am not motivated playing against weaker opponent.

    What word can I replace the underlined words?

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    Re: antonyms of motivate

    I'm not a teacher.

    Hi blue_jeans_vb,

    There are a few synonyms and antonyms concerning the matter in question. You could try and find the proper word alone.

    motivate (v) = 1. to stir to action or feeling 2. to impart courage, inspiration, and resolution to

    synonyms: stimulate, instigate, arose, cause, drive, encourage, impel, incite, induce, inspire, kindle, move, stir, trigger, urge.

    antonyms: discourage, depress, disconcert, dissuade, deter, prevent.

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    Re: antonyms of motivate

    You don't feel challenged by a weaker player. You can win easily.

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    Re: antonyms of motivate

    ...motivate (v) = 1. to stir to action or feeling 2. to impart courage, inspiration, and resolution to...

    synonyms: stimulate, instigate, aro^U^se, cause, drive, encourage, impel, incite, induce, inspire, kindle, move, stir, trigger, urge.

    antonyms: discourage, depress, disconcert, dissuade, deter, prevent.
    Your typo or some other site's?

    I'm surprised the list of antonyms doesn't include the most obvious - demotivate definition | Dictionary.com

    This definition doesn't mention it, but in my experience this verb occurs mostly as a participle; so 'Playing against weaker opponents can be very demotivating' or 'I always feel demotivated when I'm playing against weaker opponents' seem to me more natural than 'Playing against weaker opponents demotivates you'; but this isn't wrong.

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    Re: antonyms of motivate

    Sorry for the late reply... Thanks for the help

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