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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
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