Less. adv. In a smaller degree; in a lower degree.
This opinion presents a less merry, but not less dangerous, temptation to those in adversity. Decay of Piety.
The less space there is betwixt us and the object, and the more pure the air is, by so much the more the species are preserved and distinguished; and, on the contrary, the more space of air there is, and the less it is pure, so much the more the object is confused and embroiled. Dryden.
Their learning lay chiefly in flourish; they were not much wiser than the less pretending multitude. Collier on Pride.
The less they themselves want to receive from others, they will be less careful to supply the necessities of the indigent. Smalridge's Sermons.
Happy, and happy still, she might have prov'd,
Were she less beautiful, or less belov'd. Pope's Statius.