Lesser meaning

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Smaller in amount, value, or importance, especially in a comparison between two things.

Chose the lesser evil.

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Of a smaller size than other, similar forms.

The lesser anteater.

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Less. Used before a participle.

A lesser-known writer.

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One that is lower in importance, rank, magnitude, or degree.

The lesser of two evils.

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Smaller, less, or less important.
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Less.
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Comparative form of little: more little.
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A thing that is of smaller size, value, importance etc.

The lesser of two evils.

The greater sand hills increasingly do not migrate, but almost all lessers do.

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Origin of lesser

  • Middle English from lesse less less
    From American Heritage Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition
  • less +"Ž -er
    From Wiktionary