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I'm really confused
I sound like subtraction
But really I've refused
A positive action

Who am I?

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You are

nonplussed.

I'm really confused

Nonplussed is a synonym for confused.

I sound like subtraction
But really I've refused
A positive action

These refer to the mathematical meaning of "plus." "Non-plus" can mean the opposite of addition i.e. subtraction, or the refusal of addition (a positive action).

Title: Possibly unsurprising riddle

Interestingly, nonplussed can also mean unperturbed, meaning the word can be its own antonym!

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  • $\begingroup$ Well done, and nice explanation! $\endgroup$ – Avi Dec 9 '19 at 4:20

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