Meaning of lenis in English:

lenis

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

Pronunciation

lenis

/ˈlɛnɪs/ /ˈleɪnɪs/ /ˈliːnɪs/

Origin

Early 20th century from Latin, literally ‘mild, gentle’.