Definition of lenis in English:

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lenis

Pronunciation: /ˈlēnis/ Pronunciation: /ˈlā-/
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/)

A lenis consonant.

Origin

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

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Syllabification: le·nis

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