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: of less size, quality, degree, or significance
: of lower criminal liability [duress has been held a good defense to such crimes as robbery, burglary and malicious mischief "W. R. LaFave and A. W. Scott, Jr."]
Source: Merriam-Webster's Dictionary of Law ©1996. Merriam-Webster, Incorporated. Published under license with Merriam-Webster, Incorporated.