The **LEASE** is an inbuilt function in PLSQL which is used to return the least value from a given list of some expressions. These expressions may be numbers, alphabets etc.

**Syntax:**

LEAST(exp1, exp2, ... exp_n)

**Parameters Used:**

This function accept some parameters like **exp1, exp2, … exp_n**. These each expression may be numbers or alphabets on which LEAST() function is called.

**Return Value:**

This function returns the least value from a given list of expressions.

**Supported Versions of Oracle/PLSQL is given below:**

- Oracle 12c
- Oracle 11g
- Oracle 10g
- Oracle 9i
- Oracle 8i

Let’s see some examples which illustrate the LEAST function:

**Example-1:**

DECLARE Test_Number number1 := 1; Test_Number number2 := 2; Test_Number number3 := 5; Test_Number number4 := 30; BEGIN dbms_output.put_line(LEAST(Test_Number number1, Test_Number number2, Test_Number number3, Test_Number number4)); END;

**Output:**

1

In the above example, some list of numbers is taken as the parameter out of which least i.e, the smallest number is returned as the output. for example, in the first example 1, 2, 5 and 30 is taken as the parameter out of which 1 is returned because it is the smallest number.

**Example-2:**

DECLARE Test_Number number1 := 'a'; Test_Number number2 := 'b'; Test_Number number3 := 'c'; BEGIN dbms_output.put_line(LEAST(Test_Number number1, Test_Number number2, Test_Number number3)); END;

**Output:**

a

In the above example, some list of alphabets is taken as the parameter out of which least i.e, smallest in count alphabet is returned as the output. for example, in example2 a, b and c is taken as the parameter out of which a is returned because it is the smallest in the count.

**Example-3:**

DECLARE Test_Number number1 := 0; Test_Number number2 := -4; Test_Number number3 := 0.6; BEGIN dbms_output.put_line(LEAST(Test_Number number1, Test_Number number2, Test_Number number3)); END;

**Output:**

-4

In the above example, some list of numbers is taken as the parameter out of which least i.e, the smallest number is returned as the output. for example, in the example3 0, -4 and 0.6 is taken as the parameter out of which -4 is returned because it is the smallest number.

**Advantage:**

This function is used to find out the smallest number out of given some input numbers.

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