In the following sentence

This will prevent the user from submitting his verification less he has a username that complies to our requirement

Is this a correct usage of the word less. In searching for a definition, I found nothing that supports the above usage of the word less.

Is there a better word to use here?

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    It's a shortening of unless – Helmar Sep 16 '16 at 10:22
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    A mistaken shortening. Probably confused with the correct but really old-fashioned lest, in which case, the subjunctive ... he have ... should be used. – David Handelman Sep 16 '16 at 13:37

As a couple of comments have mentioned, this is probably a misspelling spelling of the word lest or a contraction (maybe unintentionally) of unless.

Grammatically, I don't see a way for the word to be used as a conjunction here in standard English.

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