What is the opposite of punishing?

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Adjective
Opposite of requiring, or involving, great mental or physical effort
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Opposite of very tiring
Adjective
Opposite of severe or harsh in nature
“You would think the damage done in the last couple of years by lenient court rulings would have been enough to wake them up.”
Adjective
Opposite of inflicting or intended as punishment or a form of vengeance
Nonpunitive action includes all efforts short of punishment made by a superior to correct a weakness in a subordinate.”
Adjective
Opposite of very severe or serious
“Leaders hope that taking mild action today will dampen wage demands before they become significant.”
Adjective
Opposite of cruel or harsh; showing no mercy
Adjective
Opposite of causing mental or emotional stress
“The battered and one-armed T-800 quipped that he needed a relaxing vacation after vanquishing the T-1000.”
Adjective
Opposite of harsh, usually to a disproportionate degree
“The company afforded him flexible hours to accommodate his long commute to work.”
Noun
Opposite of the infliction or imposition of a penalty as retribution for an offense
“Johnny would be bestowed an award for his act of bravery.”
Verb
Opposite of present participle for penalize for wrongdoing
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