Adjective "Lesser" definition and examples

Pronunciation

/ˈlɛsə/

Definitions and examples

adjective

Not so great or important as the other or the rest.
  1. 'they nest mostly in Alaska and to a lesser extent in Siberia'
  2. 'Instead, it's how they deal with the stuff that would sink a far lesser talent.'
  3. 'He showed no signs of jet lag, again something lesser mortals complain of.'

Definitions

1. smaller, as in size or importance; inferior: a lesser evil. adverb, a compar. oflittle withleast as superl.

2. less.

More examples(as adjective)

"pleasures can be lesser in amounts."

"extents can be lesser."

"degrees can be lesser."

"charges can be lesser."

"people can be lesser."

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Origin

Middle English: a double comparative, from less + -er.

Phrase

the lesser evil (or the lesser of two evils)