Definition of lenis in English:

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Pronunciation: /ˈlɛnɪs/
Pronunciation: /ˈleɪnɪs/
Pronunciation: /ˈliːnɪs/


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


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

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