Optional vs Instigate - What's the difference?

optional | instigate |


As an adjective optional

is not compulsory; left to personal choice; elective.

As a verb instigate is

to goad or urge forward; to set on; to provoke; to incite.

optional

English

Adjective

(-)
  • Not compulsory; left to personal choice; elective.
  • On that beach clothing is entirely optional .

    Antonyms

    * obligatory * mandatory * compulsory

    instigate

    English

    (Webster 1913)

    Verb

    (instigat)
  • To goad or urge forward; to set on; to provoke; to incite.
  • He hath only instigated his blackest agents to the very extent of their malignity. -Bp. Warburton.

    Usage notes

    Commonly used with reference to evil actions; as, to instigate one to a crime.

    Synonyms

    * (to goad or urge forward): animate, encourage, impel, incite, provoke, spur, stimulate, tempt, urge

    Antonyms

    * (to goad or urge forward): halt, prevent, stop

    Derived terms

    * instigation * instigator