Definition of lenis in English:

lenis

Syllabification: le·nis
Pronunciation: /ˈlēnis, ˈlā-
 
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Phonetics

adjective

  • (Of a consonant, in particular a voiced consonant) weakly articulated, especially denoting the less or least strongly articulated of two or more similar consonants. The opposite of fortis.

noun (plural lenes /-nēz/)

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  • A lenis consonant .

Origin

early 20th century: from Latin, literally 'mild, gentle'.

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