a phonological process that weakens consonant articulation at the ends of syllables
or between vowels, causing the consonant to become voiced, spirantized, or deleted.
Linguistics. a type of Celtic mutation that derives historically from phonological lenition.
for obsolete sense “mitigation, assuaging”; 1910–15 for current senses; < Latin lēnīt
) (past participle of lēnīre
to soften; see lenis
) + -ion