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lesser

adjective [before noun] uk   /ˈles.ər/ us    //
used to describe something that is not as great in size, amount, or importance as something else: A lesser man (= a man who was not as strong or brave) might have given up at that point. The charge of murder was altered to the lesser (= less serious) charge of manslaughter. Ethiopia and, to a lesser extent/degree, Kenya will be badly affected by the drought.
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