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
        • Cryptoviral extortion is a new form of financial terrorism that consists of inserting fragments of malicious code to encipher data rather than damage it in other ways.
        • 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.
        • Although we had yet another Chandler & Monica story, it nicely explored the hurdles faced by the couple, rather than being a Mondler story where Chandler's personality changes to match Monica's.
      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 can
        4. en gathereth
        5. en other man
        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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