lenis

[ lee-nis, ley- ]
/ ˈli nɪs, ˈleɪ- /
Phonetics

adjective

pronounced with relatively weak muscular tension and breath pressure, resulting in weak sound effect: in stressed or unstressed position, (b, d, g, j, v, th̸, z, and zh) are lenis in English, as compared with (p, t, k, ch, f, th, s, and sh), which are fortis.Compare fortis(def 1).

noun, plural le·nes [lee-neez, ley-] /ˈli niz, ˈleɪ-/.

a lenis consonant.

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Origin of lenis

1925–30; < Latin: soft, mild, gentle
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British Dictionary definitions for lenis

lenis
/ (ˈliːnɪs) phonetics /

adjective

(of a consonant) articulated with weak muscular tension

noun plural lenes (ˈliːniːz)

a consonant, such as English b or v, pronounced with weak muscular force
Compare fortis

Word Origin for lenis

C19: from Latin: gentle
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