1

rather than

conjunction

Definition of rather than

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 : and not
  • obscures rather than resolves the problem
  • why do one thing rather than another?
  • happy rather than sad

First Known Use of rather than

14th century

in the meaning defined at sense 1

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rather than

preposition

Definition of rather than

: instead of
  • rather than being pleased, she was angry

First Known Use of rather than

1595

in the meaning defined above

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