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Wordnet 3.0


1. of less size or importance;
- Example: "the lesser anteater"
- Example: "the lesser of two evils"

2. smaller in size or amount or value;
- Example: "the lesser powers of Europe"
- Example: "the lesser anteater"

The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48:

Lesser \Less"er\, adv. Less. [Obs.] --Shak. [1913 Webster]
The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48:

Lesser \Less"er\ (l[e^]s"[~e]r), a. [This word is formed by adding anew the compar. suffix -er (in which r is from an original s) to less. See Less, a.] Less; smaller; inferior. [1913 Webster] God made . . . the lesser light to rule the night. --Gen. i. 15. [1913 Webster] Note: Lesser is used for less, now the compar. of little, in certain special instances in which its employment has become established by custom; as, Lesser Asia (i. e., Asia Minor), the lesser light, and some others; also in poetry, for the sake of the meter, and in prose where its use renders the passage more euphonious. [1913 Webster] The more my prayer, the lesser is my grace. --Shak. [1913 Webster] The larger here, and there the lesser lambs. --Pope. [1913 Webster] By the same reason may a man, in the state of nature, punish the lesser breaches of the law. --Locke. [1913 Webster]
WordNet (r) 3.0 (2006):

lesser adj 1: of less size or importance; "the lesser anteater"; "the lesser of two evils" [ant: greater] 2: smaller in size or amount or value; "the lesser powers of Europe"; "the lesser anteater"
Moby Thesaurus II by Grady Ward, 1.0:

64 Moby Thesaurus words for "lesser": abated, ablated, attenuated, bated, belittled, common, consumed, contracted, curtailed, decreased, deflated, demeaning, diminished, dinky, disadvantaged, dissipated, dropped, eroded, fallen, humble, in the shade, inferior, infra dig, insignificant, junior, less, low, lower, lowered, lowly, miniaturized, minor, modest, nether, ordinary, reduced, retrenched, scaled-down, second rank, second string, secondary, servile, shorn, shorter, shrunk, shrunken, small, small-fry, small-time, smaller, sub, subaltern, subjacent, subject, subordinate, subservient, third rank, third string, under, underprivileged, vulgar, watered-down, weakened, worn