[lee-nis, ley-] Phonetics.
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 lenes [lee-neez, ley-] .
a lenis consonant.

1925–30; < Latin: soft, mild, gentle

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lenis (ˈliːnɪs)
1.  (of a consonant) articulated with weak muscular tension
n , lenes
2.  a consonant, such as English b or v, pronounced with weak muscular force
[C19: from Latin: gentle]

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