le·​nite lə-ˈnīt How to pronounce lenite (audio)
lenited; leniting; lenites

transitive verb

: to transform by lenition

intransitive verb

: to undergo lenition

Word History


back-formation from lenition

First Known Use

1912, in the meaning defined at transitive sense

Time Traveler
The first known use of lenite was in 1912

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Cite this Entry

“Lenite.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/lenite. Accessed 28 Feb. 2024.

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