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

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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

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 Since Picasso was born in 1881 and died in 1973, his life overlapped with many of these influential, but lesser known, artists. National Geographic, "Beyond Picasso: 6 Female Artists Who Turned Modern Art On Its Head," 19 Apr. 2018 The Spirit of '76 Museum in downtown Wellington will exhibit 22 of those lesser-known works through the end of October thanks to the loan from Zivco, of Cleveland. Michael Sangiacomo, cleveland.com, "'Spirit of '76' creator's artwork featured in rare display in Wellington," 12 Apr. 2018 But Aurora also evokes the world of another, lesser-known (well, except to girls from the ’90s) cultural character: Samantha Parkington. Elise Taylor, Vogue, "Aurora, New York: Brought to You by American Girl," 1 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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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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