Lesser vs. Least
Difference Between Lesser and Least
of two things, the smaller in size, value, importance etc.
; the smallest amount of [something uncountable].He earns the least money in his family.Of all the sisters, she has the least patience.can only afford to pay the least of the bills.
a thing that is of smaller size, value, importance etc.the lesser of two evilsThe greater sand hills increasingly do not migrate, but almost all lessers do.
Used for forming superlatives of adjectives, especially those that do not form the superlative by adding -est.It was the least surprising thing.
of less size or importance;the lesser anteaterthe lesser of two evils
In the smallest or lowest degree; in a degree below all others.to reward those who least deserve it
smaller in size or amount or value;the lesser powers of Europethe lesser anteater
(philosophy) Something of the smallest possible extent; an indivisible unit.
the superlative of `little' that can be used with mass nouns and is usually preceded by `the'; a quantifier meaning smallest in amount or extent or degree;didn't care the least bithe has the least talent of anyone
minimal in magnitude;lowest wagesthe least amount of fat allowedthe smallest amount
having or being distinguished by diminutive size;the least bittern
used to form the superlative;The garter snake is the least dangerous snake