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 (lē′nĭs, lā′-)
Articulated with relatively low pressure of the airstream below the glottis, as English (b) and (d) compared with (p) and (t).

[Latin lēnis, soft; see lē- in Indo-European roots.]
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(ˈliːnɪs) phonetics
(Phonetics & Phonology) (of a consonant) articulated with weak muscular tension
n, pl lenes (ˈliːniːz)
(Phonetics & Phonology) a consonant, such as English b or v, pronounced with weak muscular force
[C19: from Latin: gentle]
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(ˈli nɪs, ˈleɪ-)

adj., n., pl. -nes (-niz) adj.
1. (of a consonant sound) pronounced with relatively weak muscular tension and breath pressure, as the sounds (b, d, g, j, v, t, z, zh) in English. Compare fortis.
2. a lenis consonant.
[1925–30; < Latin: soft, mild, gentle]
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Los saberes didacticos de las disciplinas, en palabras de Lenis (2017), refieren a <<saber que hacer con los conocimientos, saber innovar, saber seleccionar e identificar las mejores formas y materiales de trabajar>>; segun el autor, estas serian competencias que se fundamentarian en investigaciones de la didactica, no de la pedagogia.
Sandra Lenis, Air Europa's client and product director, said: "Air Europa entered into a strategic codeshare partnership with Etihad Airways in January 2014, and as an additional value proposition, we are delighted to build upon our successful partnership by further providing our Suma members with the opportunity to earn and spend Air Europa Suma miles on Etihad Airways' network."
(6) Carlos Lenis Ballesteros, <<Memoria, olvido y construccion de identidades: La ensenanza de la historia patria en Colombia 1850-1911>>, Educacion y Pedagogia, 22, no 58 (2010): 141, acceso el 24 de febrero de 2014, https://dialnet.unirioja.es/ ejemplar/279764.
Aircraft was inspected and cleared with no security threat," Port Authority spokeswoman Lenis Rodrigues said Tuesday night.
CARTER Pauline Margaret Lenis Suddenly Passed away on February 2nd at UHW aged 78 years.
Thus, none of the Icelandic and Danish (fortis or lenis) stops would undergo passive voicing: the glottal spreading would be too great." (12)