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to slacken, to let go, to relent
(Notable English members of this root are "let", "last", "late" and "lenient".)
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The core idea of this root was:

to slacken, to relent, to let go

So the theme is a removal of energy or tension.
The sense is still pretty visible throughout the family even though the words have moved in different directions.
Here’s a little overview:

  • let
  • lenient 
  • latter 
  • last
  • late
  • allegiance
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