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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.
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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