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rather than

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    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
        • Deciding to play it safe, he joined his father's accounting firm rather than pursue an acting career.
        • The ambassador-at-large was designated to the Middle East as a region, rather than to a specific country.
        • Stimuli with pixels that change just once have been employed by Sackur [20 ] for studying metacontrast masking rather than visible persistence; he displaced pixels instead of flipping them.
      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 ratherish
        4. en Matherian
        5. en wherethan
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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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