Definition of lenis in English:

lenis

adjective

Phonetics
  • (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

Phonetics
  • A lenis consonant.

Origin

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

Pronunciation:

lenis

/ˈlēnis//ˈlā-/