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instead

adverb

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as a substitute
  • I was offered a ride, but I chose to walk instead

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The first known use of instead was in 1667

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“Instead.” Merriam-Webster.com Thesaurus, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/thesaurus/instead. Accessed 21 Oct. 2021.

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