[ adverb ] used to form the superlative
"The garter snake is the least dangerous snake"
Used in print("Editorials"...)
He feels , therefore , that to seek a discontinuity in the arms policy of the United_States is the least risky path our government can take .(The Christian Science Monitor,...)
Big_Band_Percussion ( SP 44002 ) seemed one of the least attractive discs - the arrangements just did n't have so much character as the others .
[ adjective ] the superlative of `little' that can be used with mass nouns and is usually preceded by `the'; a quantifier meaning smallest in amount or extent or degree
"didn't care the least bit" "he has the least talent of anyone"
Used in print(Edward P. Lawton, "Northern Liberals and Southern...)
This is puzzling to an outsider conscious of the classic tradition of liberalism , because it is clear that these Democrats who are left-of-center are at opposite poles from the liberal Jefferson , who held that the best government was the least government .
[ noun ] lowest or smallest in size or degree or importance
: "least said soonest mended"
Used in print(William C. Smith, "Why Fear Ideas?"...)
That is questionable , to say the least .