lesser

adjective
less·​er | \ˈle-sər \

Definition of lesser 

(Entry 1 of 2)

comparative of little entry 1

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

lesser

adverb

Definition of lesser (Entry 2 of 2)

: less lesser-known

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Synonyms & Antonyms for lesser

Synonyms: Adjective

inferior, junior, less, lower, minor, smaller, subordinate

Antonyms: Adjective

greater, higher, major, more, primary, prime, senior, superior, superordinate

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Examples of lesser in a Sentence

Adjective

The winner will receive $100; lesser amounts will be given to three runners-up. A lesser man than he might have simply given up. She agreed to plead guilty to a lesser charge.
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Recent Examples on the Web: Adjective

Products to use at home usually require multiple applications over a week or two, will have a gradual and lesser whitening effect, and will not last as long. Jill U. Adams, chicagotribune.com, "The pros and cons of whitening your teeth," 1 May 2018 Products to use at home usually require multiple applications over a week or two, will have a gradual and lesser whitening effect, and will not last as long. Jill U. Adams, chicagotribune.com, "The pros and cons of whitening your teeth," 1 May 2018 Products to use at home usually require multiple applications over a week or two, will have a gradual and lesser whitening effect, and will not last as long. Jill U. Adams, chicagotribune.com, "The pros and cons of whitening your teeth," 1 May 2018 Products to use at home usually require multiple applications over a week or two, will have a gradual and lesser whitening effect, and will not last as long. Jill U. Adams, chicagotribune.com, "The pros and cons of whitening your teeth," 1 May 2018 Products to use at home usually require multiple applications over a week or two, will have a gradual and lesser whitening effect, and will not last as long. Jill U. Adams, chicagotribune.com, "The pros and cons of whitening your teeth," 1 May 2018 Products to use at home usually require multiple applications over a week or two, will have a gradual and lesser whitening effect, and will not last as long. Jill U. Adams, chicagotribune.com, "The pros and cons of whitening your teeth," 1 May 2018 Products to use at home usually require multiple applications over a week or two, will have a gradual and lesser whitening effect, and will not last as long. Jill U. Adams, chicagotribune.com, "The pros and cons of whitening your teeth," 1 May 2018 Products to use at home usually require multiple applications over a week or two, will have a gradual and lesser whitening effect, and will not last as long. Jill U. Adams, chicagotribune.com, "The pros and cons of whitening your teeth," 1 May 2018

Recent Examples on the Web: Adverb

Briggs has spent more than two decades planning trips to Africa, and her latest focus is lesser-known but awe-inspiring places like Cameroon, the Central African Republic, and Zambia. Paul Brady, Condé Nast Traveler, "2018 Top Travel Specialists We Trust," 19 Oct. 2018 Learn about the lives and crimes of both well-known, modern murderers like Ted Bundy as well as late lesser-known criminals like 16th-century killer and Hungarian noblewoman Elizabeth Bathory. Allie Volpe, Teen Vogue, "10 Best Crime Podcasts," 30 Aug. 2018 Nicchiarelli, a young Italian director (Discovery at Dawn, Cosmonauta), avoids those pitfalls by focusing on a narrow, lesser known slice of Nico’s life: the two years leading up to her death in Ibiza in a bicycle accident at age 49. Eve Macsweeney, Vogue, "A Darkly Beautiful and Unflinching Testament to a Musical Icon’s Final Years," 2 Aug. 2018 Summer tends to bring a lot of things out of the woodwork — distant relatives, sugar ants, and another, lesser known uninvited guest: the common house centipede. Margeaux Sippell, BostonGlobe.com, "It has 30 legs and hides in your basement in summer. Don’t kill it," 26 June 2018 But the social network's matchmaking service, simply called 'Dating,' most closely resembles another, lesser known dating app: Hinge. Louise Matsakis, WIRED, "Facebook Dating Looks a Lot Like Hinge," 3 May 2018 The second, in Rocky Mountain National Park, is lesser known. Marc Peruzzi, Outside Online, "The Unwritten Rules of Sportsmanship," 15 May 2018 Briggs has spent more than two decades planning trips to Africa, and her latest focus is lesser-known but awe-inspiring places like Cameroon, the Central African Republic, and Zambia. Paul Brady, Condé Nast Traveler, "African Safari Specialists: 16 Experts We Trust," 20 Apr. 2018 Below, 10 essential, if lesser known, Los Angeles-area records issued in 1968. Randall Roberts, latimes.com, "California Sounds 1968: 10 essential Los Angeles-infused records from a kaleidoscopic era," 20 Apr. 2018

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First Known Use of lesser

Adjective

13th century, in the meaning defined above

Adverb

1539, in the meaning defined above

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The first known use of lesser was in the 13th century

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lesser

adjective

English Language Learners Definition of lesser

: of smaller size

: of less strength, quality, or importance

lesser

adjective
less·​er | \ˈle-sər \

Kids Definition of lesser

 (Entry 1 of 2)

: of smaller size or importance a lesser evil

lesser

adverb

Kids Definition of lesser (Entry 2 of 2)

: less entry 2 lesser-known writers

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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