from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

  • conj. And not: "Gibson guitars—with their carved tops and necks that are fitted and glued to the body, rather than bolted on—are expensive to make” ( Joshua Rosenbaum).
  • prep. Instead of: "diseases in which the immune system plays the villain rather than the protector” ( Sandra Blakeslee).

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  • conj. And not.
  • conj. Used to indicate that the following alternative is less preferred.
  • prep. instead of; in preference to.


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