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  • prep. in contrast to, rather than, instead of.


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  • Mothers and fathers can legitimately assume the roles of taskmasters as opposed to their current oft-assumed positions as child entertainers and recreation coordinators.

    A Mind at a Time

  • Many of these kids suffer from impairments involving so-called phonemic awareness as opposed to phonological awareness.

    A Mind at a Time

  • The fascination of Kant's philosophy lay in the fact that it gave full value to the activity, as opposed to the passivity or receptivity of mind; but the unknowable Ding-an-sich was an abomination, fatal alike to its consistency and to its power to solve the problem of human cognition.

    The Catholic Encyclopedia, Volume 12: Philip II-Reuss

  • In flight, the sections stayed separated as opposed to the World War II–era partner maneuver “Thach Weave” by a quarter mile to a half mile.

    First Man

  • The Council of Verneuil (755) so refers to them in its third canon, and in its eleventh canon speaks of the "ordo regularis" as opposed to the "ordo canonicus", formed by the canons who lived under the bishop according to the canonical regulations.

    The Catholic Encyclopedia, Volume 12: Philip II-Reuss

  • But every time I actually tried to start writing the introduction, as opposed to just writing notes, I felt straightjacketed.


  • In the French esoteric magazine L'Originel, Denis Labouré, the occult authority, discusses the notion of ‘internal’ as opposed to ‘metallic’ alchemy and its parallel with Tantrism, but insists that it is a part of a ‘traditional Western heritage’ our italics.

    The Templar Revelation

  • Nor did Rice see a problem with assigning Rumsfelds Pentagon full responsibility to plan for as opposed to run the postwar effort.

    In the Shadow of the Oval Office

  • Arthur Frame remembers that Neil during World War II “was most interested in the fighter-type model as opposed to a bomber.”

    First Man

  • One grateful Egyptian bureaucrat named Petosiris praised Alexander in a hieroglyphic inscription as the righteous “prince of Egypt” for his actions, as opposed to the oppressive and unjust Persians who came before.

    Alexander the Great


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