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Synonyms for less

smaller

Synonyms

to a smaller extent

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a smaller amount

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  • a smaller amount
  • not as much (as)

Synonyms for less

(comparative of 'little' usually used with mass nouns) a quantifier meaning not as great in amount or degree

(usually preceded by 'no') lower in quality

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(nonstandard in some uses but often idiomatic with measure phrases) fewer

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used to form the comparative of some adjectives and adverbs

comparative of little

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All the foregoing rules and aids and difficulties in classification are explained, if I do not greatly deceive myself, on the view that the natural system is founded on descent with modification; that the characters which naturalists consider as showing true affinity between any two or more species, are those which have been inherited from a common parent, and, in so far, all true classification is genealogical; that community of descent is the hidden bond which naturalists have been unconsciously seeking, and not some unknown plan of creation, or the enunciation of general propositions, and the mere putting together and separating objects more or less alike.
If, however, we choose to suppose that any of the descendants of A or of I have been so much modified as to have more or less completely lost traces of their parentage, in this case, their places in a natural classification will have been more or less completely lost,--as sometimes seems to have occurred with existing organisms.
Whatever part is found to be most constant, is used in classing varieties: thus the great agriculturist Marshall says the horns are very useful for this purpose with cattle, because they are less variable than the shape or colour of the body, &c.
As we find organs of high physiological importance--those which serve to preserve life under the most diverse conditions of existence--are generally the most constant, we attach especial value to them; but if these same organs, in another group or section of a group, are found to differ much, we at once value them less in our classification.
The swarm of Bronnitskis and Wintzingerodes and their like still further embittered the relations between the commanders in chief, and even less unity resulted.
Hence, the number of representatives in the two cases not being in proportion to that of the two constituents, and being proportionally greater in the small republic, it follows that, if the proportion of fit characters be not less in the large than in the small republic, the former will present a greater option, and consequently a greater probability of a fit choice.
The other point of difference is, the greater number of citizens and extent of territory which may be brought within the compass of republican than of democratic government; and it is this circumstance principally which renders factious combinations less to be dreaded in the former than in the latter.
A rage for paper money, for an abolition of debts, for an equal division of property, or for any other improper or wicked project, will be less apt to pervade the whole body of the Union than a particular member of it; in the same proportion as such a malady is more likely to taint a particular county or district, than an entire State.
Buyers of shredded scrap paid $7 per ton less on average in November, while prompt industrial No.
The bad news for recyclers who like high prices is that November marked the second straight month of mills paying less per ton.
Less grain and more grass would result in leaner meat and protect animals from illnesses caused by an unnatural, grain-laden diet.
In nearly every demographic category, Americans read less literature in the last decade, reported the NEA.
Boyd, a cashier at the Food 4 Less store at 19200 Soledad Canyon Road in Santa Clarita, was recognized for her expertise, knowledge and friendly, service-oriented attitude.
Garner's A Dictionary of Modern American Usage (Oxford University Press, 1998): "couldn't care less is the correct and logical phrasing, not could care less--e.
The study is based on a cohort of children who were born weighing less than 1,500 g and were admitted between 1977 and 1979 to a health facility in Cleveland.