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 for Lesser
From The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48 :

  Lesser \Less"er\, adv.
     Less. [Obs.] --Shak.
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From 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.
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           God made . . . the lesser light to rule the night.
                                                    --Gen. i. 15.
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     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.
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                 The more my prayer, the lesser is my grace.
                                                    --Shak.
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                 The larger here, and there the lesser lambs.
                                                    --Pope.
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                 By the same reason may a man, in the state of
                 nature, punish the lesser breaches of the law.
                                                    --Locke.
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From 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"

From 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
  
  

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