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lesser

adjective less·er \ ˈle-sər \

Definition of lesser

: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.

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First Known Use of lesser

13th century


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lesser

adverb

Definition of lesser

:less
  • lesser-known

Recent Examples of lesser from the Web

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First Known Use of lesser

1539



LESSER Defined for English Language Learners

lesser

adjective

Definition of lesser for English Language Learners

  • : of smaller size

  • : of less strength, quality, or importance


LESSER Defined for Kids

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lesser

adjective less·er \ ˈle-sər \

Definition of lesser for Students

:of smaller size or importance a lesser evil

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lesser

adverb

Definition of lesser for Students

:2less
  • lesser-known writers

Law Dictionary

lesser

adjective less·er \ ˈle-sər \

legal Definition of lesser

: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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