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lesser

adjective
     
Related topics: Biology
less‧er [only before noun]
1 formal not as large, as important, or as much as something else [≠ greater]:
They originally asked for $5 million, but finally settled for a lesser sum.
to a lesser extent/degree
This was true in Madrid, and to a lesser extent, Valencia and Seville.

➔ lesser mortals

at mortal2

; ➔ to a greater or lesser extent

at extent (1)
2

the lesser of two evils

also

the lesser evil

the less unpleasant or harmful of two unpleasant choices
3HB technical used in the names of some types of animal, bird, or plant that are slightly smaller than the main type
lesser adverb:
the lesser-known artists of the period
one of Glasgow's lesser used venues

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