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lesser

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
See also: ancillary, inferior, mediocre, minimal, minor, secondary, subaltern, subordinate, subservient, subsidiary
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In general, most Republicans (59%) seem to be rooting for the Democrat they perceive as the lesser of two evils -- 33% prefer Obama because they are more worried about Clinton being elected and 26% prefer Clinton because they are more worried about Obama being elected.
If it is his medial ligament then that is the lesser of two evils because the anterior cruciate ligament would be the worst case scenario.
Which means we get to choose between the lesser of two evils once more.
The refinements are these: That Syria was planning to supply Iran with spent nuclear fuel from Al-Kibar, the site Israel bombed in September; that discrepancies found in the amount of fissile material North Korea (Syria's adviser in the construction of Al-Kibar) declared and the amount it could have produced, drastically alter intelligence calculations of how soon Iran could get enough material to make a nuclear bomb; that the point of no-return in Tehran's bomb program is now 2010; and that, yes, there would be regional consequences to a strike on Iran's nuclear facilities, but that these would be the lesser of two evils.
It does not seem to be stopping either Catholic women or their Catholic doctors from choosing what they see as the lesser of two evils when a pregnancy means the loss of two lives and not just one.
She believed it was the lesser of two evils to abandon the children.
You are not even choosing between the lesser of two evils, red winend dark chocolate have positive components that are actually good forour heart," Newswise quoted Ofria, a registered dietitian at theoyola University Health System's Melrose Park campus as saying.
Most people who voted did so because the Labour Party is seen as the lesser of two evils.
Most people who voted for the Labour Party did so as it is seen as the lesser of two evils.
It should have chosen the lesser of two evils and voted against Septic Bladder.
But we know that doesn't usually happen in the world in which we inhabit and say what is the lesser of two evils - to let him have a soft landing and save the lives of as many people as we possibly can.
It's lose-lose for us - a heavy defeat either way with the Packers the lesser of two evils," said Freeth.