Definition of lenis in English:

lenis

Pronunciation: /ˈleɪnɪs//ˈlɛnɪs//ˈliːnɪs/

adjective

Phonetics
  • (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

Origin

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

Pronunciation:

lenis

/ˈleɪnɪs//ˈlɛnɪs//ˈliːnɪs/