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lenition

[li-nish-uh n]
noun
  1. Phonetics. a phonological process that weakens consonant articulation at the ends of syllables or between vowels, causing the consonant to become voiced, spirantized, or deleted.
  2. Linguistics. a type of Celtic mutation that derives historically from phonological lenition.
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Origin of lenition

1535–45 for obsolete sense “mitigation, assuaging”; 1910–15 for current senses; < Latin lēnīt(us) (past participle of lēnīre to soften; see lenis, -ite2) + -ion
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