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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.
While the Senate and the House couldn't quite put that together during the regular session, 77 percent of Texas voters support state limits on local governments - 48 percent of them "strongly." Only 14 percent oppose limits.
The government is to oppose the plans when finance ministers meet in Brussels next week.
The percentage of Republicans saying they will oppose the final healthcare bill is higher than the percentage of Democrats who will support it, 62% vs.
It is interesting to note that in another poll released by the Western Business Roundtable, 63 percent of Americans also oppose the measure and 47 percent strongly oppose it.
"We oppose Tibetan and Taiwan independence and we also oppose the politicisation of the Olympic Games."
* Oppose any proposal that would offset payments of Social Security Disability Insurance benefits or any other federal benefits by the amount of VA compensation.
Circuit Court of Appeals that the disclaimers pasted into science textbooks were included at the behest of fundamentalists who oppose evolution and want the public school curriculum to reflect their religious views.
And the number of people who strongly or somewhat oppose stem cell research declined--to 36%, from 44% in 2003.
As a result Bush came away from the encounter with the impression that, if both the conservative Kass and the liberal Callahan opposed stem cell research, then he was on firm ground to oppose it himself.
To maintain solidarity, however, teacher unions typically oppose paying different salaries to teachers who possess the same amounts of experience and education.
More than half of New Hampshire's school districts oppose yet another unfunded mandate from the feds.
But Greenwich Village residents oppose big box stores because they will take away space from playing fields for their children, while Brooklyn borough officials grumble about the aquarium competing with the one at Coney Island.