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I.smaller, less, formed from ἐλαχύς (with Sup. ἐλάχιστος, q. v.), but serving as comp. to μικρός, Il.: ἔλασσον ἔχειν to have the worse, be worse off, τινί in a thing, Hdt., Dem.; so, ἐλάττω γίγνεσθαι Ar.
2.c. gen. pers. worse than, inferior to, Thuc., etc.; but c. gen. rei, like ἥσσων, subservient to, Xen. neut. with Preps., περὶ ἐλάσσονος ποιεῖσθαι to consider of less account, Hdt.; παρ᾽ ἔλαττον ἡγεῖσθαι Plat.; δι᾽ ἐλάττονος at less distance, Thuc.
II.of Number, fewer, οἱ ἐλάσσονες the smaller number, Hdt., Thuc.
III.neut. ἔλασσον, as adv. less, Aesch., etc.

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