lesser

Use the adjective lesser to describe something that's smaller than or inferior to something else. A lesser singer might sound fine in the context of a large chorus, but a solo performance could be tricky.

A young car thief might be charged with a lesser crime because of his age — trespassing instead of larceny, for example. He's also likely to end up with a lesser punishment in that case. Sometimes people talk about "the lesser of two evils," by which they mean the less bad of two bad choices, or describe something as "lesser-known," like a rarely studied poet or an unacknowledged scientist.

Definitions of lesser
  1. adjective
    of less size or importance
    “the lesser anteater”
    “the lesser of two evils”
    see moresee less
    Antonyms:
    greater
    greater in size or importance or degree
  2. adjective
    smaller in size or amount or value
    “the lesser powers of Europe”
    “the lesser anteater”
    Synonyms:
    little, small
    limited or below average in number or quantity or magnitude or extent
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