less roughly big; of smaller volume, quantity, volume, or capacity; inferior in dimensions, degree, or timeframe: as, less honor or encourage; less profit or possessions; a shorter time; less length; less range or range; the incentive is not as much as he deserves; a person of less nerve or capability; articles of less, fat or worth.
not great, considerable, or essential; of smaller scope or consequence; reduced the scale: as, St. James the Less; his awards tend to be significantly less than their deserts.
Synonyms Smaller, Less, Fewer. Smaller is pretty much more specific than less, but is made use of easily of people as well as things both concrete and abstract: since, a smaller sized man, soul, dimensions. Less isn't utilized of persons: as, less difficulty, joy, size, degree; less of an evil. With reference to size and number, the appropriate words tend to be smaller and a lot fewer. “This apple is significantly less than that,” “There were less people here than I anticipated,” tend to be inelegant and erroneous, although similar expressions tend to be used both in message plus writing. As the latter, however, is in excusable, the previous may be used sparingly without offense in certain collocations, particularly in poetry. The allusion toward mustard-seed in Mark iv. 31 is apparently the actual only real instance in Bible regarding the utilization of less inside sense of ‘smaller in size.’ In Shakspere's plays the term takes place above 200 times, plus Milton's poems a lot more than 100; in the previous it really is used only four or five times as well as in the latter 3 times inside sense of ‘smaller in size,’ and never in that of ‘fewer.’
In an inferior or lower level; to an inferior level, quantity, etc.; in a low or abated way or fashion: since, less wise; less carefully performed; to exaggerate less; to believe less of a person.
to produce less; lessen.
to be less; lessen.
A common English suffix forming, from nouns, adjectives meaning ‘without’ (lacking, wanting, void of, destitute of) the one thing or quality denoted because of the noun: as. childless, without a child; fatherless, without a father; endless, without end; hopeless, without hope; leafless, without leaves; shameless, without shame; so motherless, penniless, faithless, godless, graceless, lawless, witless, remediless, tasteless, etc.