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rather than

conjunction

Definition of rather than

  1. 1 —used with the infinitive form of a verb to indicate negation as a contrary choice or wish <rather than continue the argument, he walked away> <chose to sing rather than play violin>

  2. 2 :  and not <obscures rather than resolves the problem> <why do one thing rather than another?> <happy rather than sad>



14th Century

First Known Use of rather than

14th century


2

rather than

preposition

Definition of rather than

  1. :  instead of <rather than being pleased, she was angry>




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