What is the opposite of stern?

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Opposite for strict or exacting in standards
“The government's measures were ineffective as they were too lax.”
Opposite for forbidding or grim in appearance
“Ricky's mother's smiling expression was warm and gentle when she saw how good his grades were.”
Opposite for the rear of a ship
“She stood at the bow of the ship, letting the breeze play with her hair.”
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