Synonyms and Antonyms of action

  1. 1 something done by someone <judge people by their actions, not by their words> Synonyms act, deed, doing, exploit, feat, thing Related Words accomplishment, achievement, attainment; adventure, experience; emprise, enterprise, initiative, undertaking; handiwork, performance, work; stunt, trick; activity, dealing; maneuver, measure, move, operation, procedure, proceeding, step, tactic; coaction

  2. 2 the unfolding of events in a dramatic or literary work <the mystery writer displays a sure hand in managing the novel's complicated but never incoherent action> Synonyms plot, story, story line Related Words subplot; arc, development; design, outline, plan, scheme; argument, mythos, subject, theme

  3. 3 a court case for enforcing a right or claim <filed an action in county court to recover his lawn mower from his neighbor, who claims he “gave” it to her> Synonyms lawsuit, proceeding, suitRelated Words litigation; case, cause, complaint; counterclaim, countersuit, cross action, cross-claim

  4. 4 active fighting during the course of a war <the battalion saw action soon after it arrived in France> Synonyms combat, battle, fieldRelated Words attack, fire, firefight, pitched battle, single combat; hostilities, operations, warfare; duty, service

  5. 5 actions pl  the way or manner in which one conducts oneself <observing the actions of mice in various controlled settings helps scientists understand the effects of certain drugs> Synonyms actions, address, bearing, comportment, conduct, demeanor, deportment, geste (also gest) [archaic]Related Words etiquette, form, manners, mores, proprieties; p's and q's; amenity, civility, courtesy, decorum, politeness; air, attitude, carriage, poise, pose, posture, presence; aspect, look, mien; formality, protocol, rules; custom, habit, habitude, pattern, practice (also practise), trick, wont; convention, fashion, form, mode, style; affectation, attribute, characteristic, mark, trait; distinctiveness, oddity, peculiarity, singularity, strangeness, uniqueness, weirdness

  6. 6 readiness to engage in daring or difficult activity <the wilderness was tamed by men and women of action> Synonyms enterprise, aggressiveness, ambition, drive, go, hustle, initiativeRelated Words grit, gumption, pluck, snap, spirit, spunk, starch; ambitiousness, killer instinct, overambitiousness; assertiveness, self-reliance; energy, hardihood, pep, vigor, vitalityNear Antonyms inactivity, inertia, passivity; diffidence, faintheartedness, timidity; hesitation, reluctance; indolence, laziness, lethargy

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