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
        • “At such times, executives can overattribute their company’s strong performance to their own actions and abilities, rather than to the buoyant economy,” he said.
        • Now, the vast majority of us identify with the second group, the one that believes in trusting the wisdom of the people rather than taking power away from them and concentrating it in the other hands.
        • Thus, ventral mPFC may mediate postretrieval processing of recollected information rather than preretrieval processes relating to retrieval attempts (Rugg and Wilding 2000).
      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 them thar
        5. en zatherian
        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.
        Definiteness: Level 1
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