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adjective less·er \ˈle-sər\

Definition of lesser

  1. comparative of 1little

  1. :  of less size, quality, degree, or significance :  of lower status

Examples of lesser in a sentence

  1. The winner will receive $100; lesser amounts will be given to three runners-up.

  2. A lesser man than he might have simply given up.

  3. She agreed to plead guilty to a lesser charge.

13th Century

First Known Use of lesser

13th century


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adverb less·er

Definition of lesser

  1. :  less <lesser-known>

1539

First Known Use of lesser

1539



LESSER Defined for English Language Learners

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adjective less·er \ˈle-sər\

Definition of lesser for English Language Learners

  • : of smaller size

  • : of less strength, quality, or importance


LESSER Defined for Kids

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adjective less·er \ˈle-sər\

Definition of lesser for Students

  1. :  of smaller size or importance <a lesser evil>


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adverb less·er

Definition of lesser for Students

  1. :  2less <lesser-known writers>


Law Dictionary

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adjective less·er \ˈle-sər\

Legal Definition of lesser

  1. :  of less size, quality, degree, or significance; specifically :  of lower criminal liability <duress has been held a good defense to such lesser crimes as robbery, burglary and malicious mischief — W. R. LaFave and A. W. Scott, Jr.>



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