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lenition Syllabification: le·ni·tion
Pronunciation: /ləˈniSH(ə)n/

Definition of lenition in English:


The process or result of weakened articulation of a consonant, causing the consonant to become voiced, spirantized, or lost.
Example sentences
  • The grammar involved in medieval Gaelic names often includes lenition, a "softening" of the initial consonant sound of words or names required by Gaelic grammar in certain situations.


Early 20th century: from Latin lenis 'soft' + -ition, suggested by German Lenierung.

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