rather than meaning


    Definition of rather than in English Dictionary

  • Conjunction
    1. And not.
      1. Used to indicate that the following alternative is less preferred.
        1. According to this saga of intellectual-property misanthropy, these creatures [patent trolls] roam the business world, buying up patents and then using them to demand extravagant payouts from companies they accuse of infringing them. Often, their victims pay up rather than face the costs of a legal battle.
    2. Preposition
      1. instead of; in preference to.
        1. I'd like a dog rather than a cat.
    3. More Examples
      1. Used in the Middle of Sentence
        • Ayatollah Khamenei was elevated from the middle clerical rank, hojatolislam, to ayatollah overnight in what was essentially a political rather than a religious decision.
        • However, most current educational models focus on uniprofessional training, rather than truly interprofessional ones.
        • Aeolism, or the emphasis on the form or sound of words per se rather than on their meaning or sense, presently flourishes under many dignified guises.
      2. Used in the Beginning of Sentence
        • Rather than such Hellenic greatness of soul, Proverbs emphasized humbleheartedness.
    • Part-of-Speech Hierarchy
      1. Conjunctions
        • Prepositions

        Other Vocabulary

        Look-Alike Words
        1. en other than
        2. en greater than
        3. en water hen
        4. en gathereth
        5. en them thar
        Source: Wiktionary
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        Meaning of rather than for the defined word.

        Grammatically, this idiom "rather than" is a conjunction. It's also a preposition.
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