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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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McGraw-Hill Dictionary of American Idioms and Phrasal Verbs. © 2002 by The McGraw-Hill Companies, Inc.

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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American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fifth Edition. Copyright © 2016 by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. Published by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. All rights reserved.
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"The people" of the Democratic Opposer know that it is the presence of "Mugabe" that is preventing the West from giving them Friendly White Money.
La RFEF avait salue auparavant la proposition faite par la Federation Royale Marocaine de Football (FRMF) de jouer au stade de Tanger le match de la Super coupe d'Espagne devant opposer les clubs du FC Barcelone et du FC Seville.
Le premier match devant opposer le Maroc a l'Ukraine le 30 mai prochain ne se disputera finalement pas a cette date, mais bien 24 heures plus tard, le 31 mai dans la meme ville Geneve (Suisse).
The Labour Party held a second ballot because a minority of its members didn't like the first decision but it upheld its first choice, Corbyn, who increased his support against a second-rate opposer, Smith.
In asserting such a defense, an applicant argues that an opposer cannot be further injured because there already exists an injurious registration, and the additional registration does not add to the injury.
According to news portal Elaph, Jamal also thanked his friends and family back home in Syria and appreciated their presence during his parents' funeral, which he was unable to attend due to the danger it poses on his life as a strong opposer of President Bashar Al Assad.
Les matches devant opposer le FUS Rabat au Moghreb de Fes (MAS), le Difaa d'El Jadida (DHJ) au Wydad de Casablanca (WAC) et le KAC Kenitra a l'AS FAR, en mise a jour de la 21e journee du Championnat national de premiere division de football (Pro-Elite 1), ont ete programmes pour les jeudi et vendredi prochain, annonce lundi la Federation royale marocaine de football (FRMF) sur son site internet.
"Les Etats-Unis rejettent les efforts visant a denigrer les croyances religieuses des autres, et nous devons tous, de facon non equivoque, nous opposer a ce genre de violence insensee qui coute la vie a des fonctionnaires", a souligne M.
I AM utterly disgusted at Ivor Wynne Jones' article,but I am not surprised, since he is an ardent opposer of Welsh identity and a devotee of English rule.
Il est donc imperatif de s'y opposer avant qu'il ne soit trop tard!
La 19e journee du championnat professionnel de Ligue 1 Mobilis, prevue ce week-end, sera marquee incontestablement par le choc devant opposer a Tizi Ouzou la JSK au CRB.
When seeking to prove a lack of bona fide intent, an opposer bears the initial burden of demonstrating by a preponderance of the evidence that the applicant lacked intent to use the mark on the identified goods.