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lɪˈnɪʃ ənle·ni·tion

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  1. lenitionnoun

    A weakening of articulation causing the consonant to become lenis (soft).

    Etymology: From lenis + -ition (modelled on German Lenierung).

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  1. Lenition

    In linguistics, lenition is a kind of sound change that alters consonants, making them more sonorous. The word lenition itself means "softening" or "weakening". Lenition can happen both synchronically and diachronically. Lenition can involve such changes as making a consonant more sonorous, causing a consonant to lose its place of articulation, or even causing a consonant to disappear entirely. An example of synchronic lenition in English is found in flapping in some dialects: the of a word like wait becomes the more sonorous in the related form waiting. Some dialects of Spanish show debuccalization of to at the end of a syllable, so that a word like estamos "we are" is pronounced. An example of diachronic lenition can be found in the Romance languages, where the of Latin patrem becomes in Italian padre and in Spanish padre, while in French père and Portuguese pai it has disappeared completely. Along with assimilation, lenition is one of the primary sources of phonological change of languages.

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  1. Chaldean Numerology

    The numerical value of lenition in Chaldean Numerology is: 4

  2. Pythagorean Numerology

    The numerical value of lenition in Pythagorean Numerology is: 8

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