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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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If it does not want to pay a greater price and leave the region to the plays of intelligence agencies, Ankara has to become an active political actor and consider the lesser evils as options.
Brian Johnstone, an Australian moral theologian who teaches at The Catholic University of America in Washington, said that Benedict's words clearly reflect the theology of counseling the lesser evil.
In 1996, Bishop Rouet of the French Bishops' Social Commission issued a statement on AIDS which, through an appeal to the principle of the lesser evil, recognized the preventive function of the condom.
A word about Ignatieff's approach is due before discussing the main argument of The Lesser Evil.
37) states that in considering the question of the lesser evil, some distinctions must be made between homosexual intercourse and heterosexual intercourse and also between intrinsic and extrinsic factors.
The concept of the lesser evil plays three roles in Ignatieff's account: in casuistry, moral psychology, and politics.
I define that current based on the statement by 18 Green leader supporters of Cobb that refer to themselves as supporters of voting for the Lesser Evil (their words).
Most of Israel's techniques--house demolitions, the security fence, targeted assassinations--have come under sustained international criticism, not as the lesser evil, but as the greater.
The focus of the two works is not quite the same: Walzer's Arguing About War tries to explain at what point a country is morally justified in resorting to military force overseas, while Ignatieff's The Lesser Evil seeks to explore what sorts of actions a government can take against terrorism on the home front.
They represent the lesser evil in the choices before us.
By this I simply mean that the generality of moral principles require for the authentic flowering of freedom that we prudentially act within the circumstances in which we are placed, whose outlines are sketched by our "situation," one in which we seek to maximize the good and minimize the evil, or seek the lesser evil when the good appears nowhere in sight.
The article begins with a citation of Nader's book as if it were a review, but nowhere does it bother to examine the book's central question: How will things ever change when the two major parties control the system, and voters feel compelled to vote for the lesser evil, rather than the candidate they really want?