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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 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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Those with no religious affiliation also oppose the war, but not to the same extent that Jewish people do.
State Controller Steve Westly, one of two candidates vying for the Democratic gubernatorial nomination, said he supports the death penalty, opposes a moratorium and agrees with the governor's recent decisions not to grant clemency.
Senator Kerry opposes oil exploration in the Arctic National Wildlife Refuge and other public lands and wants stronger environmental laws.
Opposes SB 418, as filed, which would create a $50 filing fee for all petitions for dissolution of marriage in order to fund insurance to provide child support.
The bishops made it clear that they did not endorse or oppose candidates for political offices.
The AICPA also opposes a 150% full-funding limitation that disallows deductions for employer contributions over and above 150% of current liabilities.
If the banking industry opposes Wal-Mart's entry into banking, they should also oppose the entry of big banking conglomerates into real estate brokerage and development.
The University of Pennsylvania's National Annenberg Election Survey taken in February found that 57% of 30- to 44-year-old Americans, 67% of 45-to 64-year-olds, and 75% of those 65 and older would oppose a law in their states to allow same-sex marriage.
Meanwhile, James Dobson's Focus on the Family, which opposes church-state separation, also praised the new science standards, saying the policy represents a "hit" against evolution and "opens the door to a critique of evolutionary theory" that might include creationism.
The court also found that Caruso's lawsuit arose from General Growth's protected right of free speech to publicly oppose the project.
Lastly, Barby says, listing him as an opponent of the so-called "Religious Freedom Amendment" makes it sound as if he opposes religious freedom generally.
The organization said it opposes toll roads because motorists already pay to use the state's highway system through state and federal gasoline taxes.
A recent mail-in survey by the West Pasadena Residents Association, which opposes the pursuit of the NFL, said 54 percent opposed bringing the NFL to Pasadena under any circumstances.