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v. le·nit·ed, le·nit·ing, le·nites
To undergo an increase in sonority or become lenis. Said of consonant sounds, as when (p) changes to (b), (b) to (v), or (v) to (w).
To cause (a consonant sound) to lenite.

le·ni′tion (-nĭsh′ən) n.


(Phonetics & Phonology) the weakening of the articulation of a consonant sound, esp in a Celtic language


(lɪˈnɪʃ ən)

a phonological process that weakens consonant articulation at the ends of syllables or between vowels, causing the consonant to become voiced or pronounced as a fricative.
[1910–15; < Latin lēnī(re) (see lenient) + -tion]
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There are some problems in comparing the two versions, however, because the spoken version is hyper-articulated, while the sung text displays considerable lenition, characteristic of song.