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lesser

smaller: She received a lesser amount.; inferior: a lesser evil
Not to be confused with:
lessor – a person who grants a lease: The lessor agreed to let me stay another month.

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 ?
Oh," gasped Cecily, choosing the lesser of two evils, "I'll tell you who wrote it--it was--
It would be the lesser of two evils, then, to let the white god carry him away without scratching and biting, as he had done at first.
The American electorate did not have a choice between Donald Trump and St Francis of Assisi, it was a choice between him and Hillary Clinton, they chose the lesser of two evils.
Chelsea also have an interest in Oxlade-Chamberlain, and while it is believed the player prefers Anfield, Arsenal may see Antonio Conte's men as the lesser of two evils.
He regrets doing it but it was the lesser of two evils.
One prong of the quandary was summed up by Ralph Nader: "If you always vote for the lesser of two evils, you will always have evil, and you will always have less.
Optimists" believed both they and their partners would always make the best choices, while "pessimists" selected options they saw as the lesser of two evils.
The party elites shouldn't expect to be exonerated for second-rate judgment by getting Sanders supporters to violate their moral principles and vote for the lesser of two evils.
I would consider that where there is no risk to the public, the lesser of two evils would be to forgo the chance to stop offenders rather than have another tragic loss of life.
The current extension is the lesser of two evils, and hopefully the situation can be smoothed out before the full two years and seven months.
considered Russia an evil and preferred Europe to it, he was to choose the lesser of two evils not to face such a humiliating situation.
Hibs offered slightly more in their defeat to Motherwell and appear the lesser of two evils.