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lenis Syllabification: le·nis
Pronunciation: /ˈlēnis/ /ˈlā-/

Definition of lenis in English:


(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.


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

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