lenis

adjective
le·​nis | \ˈlē-nəs, ˈlā- \

Definition of lenis 

: produced with an articulation that is lax in relation to another speech sound \t\ in gutter is lenis, \t\ in toe is fortis

First Known Use of lenis

circa 1897, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for lenis

New Latin, from Latin, mild, smooth

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