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as opposed to

Instead of; in contrast to. We're going to Florida for our vacation this year, as opposed to the local beach. As opposed to sitting around watching TV, you could be working on your paper.
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opposed to (someone or something)

Having a contrary opinion or stance to someone or something; standing or working against someone or something. Our civil rights group is opposed to these corporations who plan to move in and destroy local business. Our administration is vehemently opposed to any deal that gives them access to nuclear armaments.
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opposed to something

in opposition to something. I am strongly opposed to your suggestion. He is morally opposed to war.
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as opˈposed to

(written) used to make a contrast between two things: 200 people attended, as opposed to 300 the previous year.This exercise develops suppleness as opposed to (= rather than) strength.
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as opposed to

In contrast to: "a Baroque violin that ... uses gut strings as opposed to metal-wound ones" (William Zagorski).
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Dividing the Arab population between Muslims, Christians, and Druze, 19 % more of the Muslims oppose marriage between a Jewish man and Arab woman than do the other Arab sectors.
2 : to compete against <She will oppose the mayor in November's election.
According to the survey, 54 percent oppose the measure, while 46 percent favor it.
Oppose any proposal that would offset payments of Social Security Disability Insurance benefits or any other federal benefits by the amount of VA compensation.
As of mid-February, about 80 out of 150 school districts statewide adopted resolutions opposing the new law or planned to vote on a Warrant Article, which would tell the feds that voters "vigorously oppose any and all unfunded and under-funded federal educational mandates .
Basically, we haven't made a decision on what we want to be built, but we wanted as much park space on Pier 40 as possible and last December we voted unanimously to oppose any big box store," said Aubrey Lees, chair of the Community Board 2, which includes the pier.
In a random survey of 625 Ontarians, conducted in September, 92 per cent oppose a Ministry of Natural Resources proposal for larger clearcuts.
One need not be an incurable cynic to suspect that campaign contributions induce politicians to support policies they would otherwise oppose.
There are also some conservatives who still oppose the ordination of women.
Since the armed forces had a disproportionate number of people from lower-income backgrounds, students at the less-prestigious universities were more likely to know someone at risk and thus more likely to oppose the conflict.
While the finding is surprising on one level, the authors say, it is consistent with the view that there is a liberal reason to oppose affirmative action--a moral opposition to unequal treatment based on race.
As far as the Snake River Alliance being an opposing force, if our government makes bad decisions, we will oppose them," says Anita McCann, a longtime board member of the Alliance who lives in Ketchum.
The bishops made it clear that they did not endorse or oppose candidates for political offices.
By 58 percent to 34 percent, all voters oppose the coalition's call for a Religious Equality Amendment.