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English definition of “the lesser of two evils”

the lesser of two evils

the less unpleasant of two choices, neither of which is good: But allowing a criminal to go free is perhaps the lesser of two evils if the alternative is imprisoning an innocent person.Quite good, or not very goodSuitable and acceptable
(Definition of the lesser of two evils from the Cambridge Advanced Learners Dictionary & Thesaurus © Cambridge University Press)
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