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lesser

[ les-er ]
/ ˈlɛs ər /
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adjective, a comparative of little, with least as superlative.
smaller, as in size or importance; inferior: a lesser evil.
adverb, a comparative of little, with least as superlative.

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Origin of lesser

First recorded in 1175–1225; Middle English lasser, lesser; see less, -er4

WORDS THAT MAY BE CONFUSED WITH lesser

lesser , lessor
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British Dictionary definitions for lesser

lesser
/ (ˈlɛsə) /

adjective
not as great in quantity, size, or worth
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