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less·er

 (lĕs′ər)
adj.A comparative of little
1. Smaller in amount, value, or importance, especially in a comparison between two things: chose the lesser evil.
2. Of a smaller size than other, similar forms: the lesser anteater.
adv.A comparative of little
Less. Used before a participle: a lesser-known writer.
n.
One that is lower in importance, rank, magnitude, or degree: the lesser of two evils.

[Middle English, from lesse, less; see less.]

lesser

(ˈlɛsə)
adj
not as great in quantity, size, or worth

less•er

(ˈlɛs ər)

adj. a compar. of little with least as superl.
1. smaller, as in size, value, or importance: a lesser evil.
adv. a compar. of little with least as superl.
2. less.
[1175–1225]
ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Adj.1.lesser - of less size or importance; "the lesser anteater"; "the lesser of two evils"
greater - greater in size or importance or degree; "for the greater good of the community"; "the greater Antilles"
2.lesser - smaller in size or amount or value; "the lesser powers of Europe"; "the lesser anteater"
little, small - limited or below average in number or quantity or magnitude or extent; "a little dining room"; "a little house"; "a small car"; "a little (or small) group"

lesser

adjective lower, slighter, secondary, subsidiary, subordinate, inferior, less important He was feared by other, lesser, men.
higher, greater, major, primary, superior

lesser

adjective
Below another in standing or importance:
Informal: smalltime.
Translations
أقَل منالأقَل
méněmenší
mindre
minna; líttminni; óæîri; síîri
daha az/küçükdaha küçük olandaha önemsiz

lesser

[ˈlesəʳ] ADJ COMPAR of lessmenor
to a lesser extent or degreeen menor grado
he pleaded guilty to the lesser chargese declaró culpable del cargo menor
the lesser of two evilsel menor de dos males

lesser

[ˈlɛsər]
adj comparativemoindre
to a lesser extent, to a lesser degree → à un degré moindre
pron
the lesser of two evils → le moindre des deux mauxlesser-known [ˌlɛsərˈnəʊn] adj comparativemoins connu(e)

lesser

adjgeringer; (in names) → klein; to a lesser extentin geringerem Maße; a lesser amountein kleinerer Betrag; the lesser weightdas leichtere Gewicht; lesser offence (Brit) or offense (US) (Jur) → Vergehen nt, → Übertretung f; which is the lesser crime?welches Verbrechen ist weniger schlimm?; he is a lesser man than his brother (= less good)er ist kein so guter Mensch wie sein Bruder; (= less great)er ist weniger bedeutend als sein Bruder

lesser

[ˈlɛsəʳ] adj (importance, degree) → minore; (size) → più piccolo/a
to a lesser extent or degree → in grado or misura minore
the lesser of two evils → il minore dei due mali

less

(les) adjective
(often with than) not as much (as). Think of a number less than forty; He drank his tea and wished he had put less sugar in it; The salary for that job will be not less than $30,000.
adverb
not as much or to a smaller extent. I like her less every time I see her; You should smoke less if you want to remain healthy.
pronoun
a smaller part or amount. He has less than I have.
preposition
minus. He earns $280 a week less $90 income tax.
ˈlessen verb
to make or become less. The fan lessened the heat a little; When the children left, the noise lessened considerably.
ˈlesser adjective
smaller or not as important. the lesser of the two towns.
adverb
less. the lesser-known streets of London.
the less … the less/more
etc . The less I see of him, the better (pleased I'll be)!; The less I practise, the less confident I become; The less I try, the more I succeed.
no less a person etc than
as great a person etc as: I had tea with no less a person than the Prime Minister
less is used in speaking about quantity or amount: People should eat less fat ; I've less than $100 in the bank .
fewer sould be used in speaking about numbers of individual things or people: I've fewer books than he has ; There were fewer than 50 people at the meeting .

lesser

a. comp. of less menor; más pequeño.
References in classic literature ?
It was of lesser height than that on which the Castle was situated; but it was so placed that it commanded the various hills that crowned the ridge.
Normal truth is a different order, and a lesser order, of truth.
The intermediate variety, consequently, will exist in lesser numbers from inhabiting a narrow and lesser area; and practically, as far as I can make out, this rule holds good with varieties in a state of nature.
Difficult as this is to accomplish, it is still more difficult to persuade the human into any organised effort to alleviate the ill conditions of the lesser animals.
The lesser hordes had commenced looting and quarreling among themselves, so it was decided that we collect what warriors we could, man as many vessels as possible with Zodangan prisoners and make for Helium without further loss of time.
But where one genus is subordinate to another, there is nothing to prevent their having the same differentiae: for the greater class is predicated of the lesser, so that all the differentiae of the predicate will be differentiae also of the subject.
The candles were then extinguished and some spirit lighted, as Pierre knew by the smell, and he was told that he would now see the lesser light.
Twice at least I saved my breast from the mortal thrust of piercing steel only by the wondrous agility with which my earthly muscles endow me under the conditions of lesser gravity and air pressure upon Mars.
At times he startled even himself and sent the lesser creatures of the wild jungle scampering to their hiding places as involuntary roars and growls rumbled from his throat.
Niggers were two-legged lesser creatures who toiled and slaved for their two-legged white lords, who lived in the labour barracks afar off, and who were so much lesser and lower that they must not dare come near the habitation of their lords.
I mean, that b which the greater number are rich, and that in which the lesser number are poor (where each of these possess the supreme power), if there are no other states than those we have described.
The moans and the coughing of the big cats mingled with the myriad noises of the lesser denizens of the jungle to fan the savage flame in the breast of this savage English lord.