Below another in standing or importance
He will become the lesser of two evils.
She still gave him the look that said she thought he was a lesser being because of his status, but she'd refused to sleep until they found her friend.
"You're the lesser of two evils," she said at the unspoken command.
Jude remained incarcerated but Owen, facing a lesser charge, was released on bail.
The lesser people tolerated him because he extended the power of their city and made it beautiful with public buildings., The bourgeoisie, protected in their trade, found it convenient to support him.