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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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I am moving toward the position, and have been for a while, that it may be that we will have to put up with Assad because of the doctrine of the lesser evil but it is still a pretty nasty regime.
I will discuss whether or not the PKK is the lesser evil and the role of Iran on Sunday.
The Lesser Evil is his fifth novel, published by Owl King Publishing (http://www.
The Macedonian leaders, who signed the Framework Agreement in presence of the international diplomacy, did not choose the lesser evil but the only good option.
He added: "It is flawed but where victims are being so neglected for political reasons, the lesser evil is to abstain and that's an honourable position.
Ulster struggled again when handling a driving maul, opting for the lesser evil of three points which Farrell duly delivered on 49 minutes.
As Gerald Celente says in the Autumn Issue of the Trends Journal, when confronted with the choice between two evils, you don't vote for the lesser evil.
It is not the best option, but the lesser evil," said Haitham Manna from the National Coordinating Committee for Democratic Change.
Christians, liberals, leftists and even secularists voted for them in the second round because they thought they were choosing the lesser evil, the other being Salafists or loyalists of ousted president Hosni Mubarak.
But the Israelis and the US excuse it on the grounds that it would be the lesser evil than Iran building its bomb.
The natural conclusion from the true insight into a century so fraught with danger of the greatest evil should be a radical negation of the whole concept of the lesser evil in politics, because far from protecting us against the greater ones, the lesser evils have invariably led us to them (Arendt 1994: 271-72 quoted on Hayden: 7).
I believe that the 64%, in the absence of a mass socialist alternative, see New Labour as the lesser evil.