less·er /'le-sər/ adj: of less size, quality, degree, or significance; specif: of lower criminal liability
duress has been held a good defense to such lesser crimes as robbery, burglary and malicious mischief — W. R. LaFave and A. W. Scott, Jr.

Merriam-Webster’s Dictionary of Law. . 1996.

I adjective ancillary, baser, diminished, humbler, inferior, junior, less considerable, lower, mediocre, minor, more modest, secondary, second-rate, shorter, simpler, slighter, smaller, subaltern, subordinate, subservient, under, unimportant associated concepts: lesser charge, lesser included offense II index ancillary (subsidiary), inferior (lower in position), inferior (lower in quality), mediocre, minimal, minor, secondary, subaltern, subordinate, subservient

Burton's Legal Thesaurus. . 2006

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