lenition

noun
len·​i·​tion | \ lə-ˈni-shən How to pronounce lenition (audio) \

Definition of lenition

: the change from fortis to lenis articulation

First Known Use of lenition

1912, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for lenition

Latin lenire

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“Lenition.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/lenition. Accessed 27 Jul. 2021.

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