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Less (adjective)

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Less. adj. [laꞅ, Saxon.] The comparative of little: opposed to greater.

Mary, the mother of James the less. Mar. xv. 40.

Yet could he not his closing eyes withdraw,
Though less and less of Emily he saw.

He that thinks he has a positive idea of infinite space will find, that he can no more have a positive idea of the greatest than he has of the least space; for in this latter we are capable only of a comparative idea of smallness, which will always be less than any one whereof we have the positive idea. Locke.

All the ideas that are considered as having parts, and are capable of increase by the addition of any equal or less parts, affords us, by their repetition, the idea of infinity. Locke.

'Tis less to conquer, than to make wars cease,
And, without fighting, awe the world to peace.

Sources: Dryden, John (788) · Locke, John (269) · The Bible - Mark (11) · Montagu, Charles (Earl of Halifax) (2)

Attributes: Adjective (426) · Saxon (215)

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