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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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Speaking at a public rally here, the Prime Minister said, "My problem with Congress politics is simple- they oppose us just for the sake of opposing. They oppose things like bullet train only because they could not take this initiative forward and are envious someone else is".
Dr Nafeesa Shah of PPP while opposing the bill said it should be reviewed thoroughly.
Opposing Counsel: Let the record show that the witness is evasive and ugly.
CalCPA also is opposing AB 2344 (Chu), which would enact a tax amnesty period for the Franchise Tax Board and Employment Development Department.
The sideshaft design is based around opposing S-curve bearing ball tracks that allow steering angles of up to 50[degrees], with an option for 52[degrees] for vehicles in need of a tighter turning circle.
CPAs who keep their cool and convey concise, cogent information--whether in depositions or under an opposing attorney's attempts to discredit their testimonies--can have a pivotal impact on a conflict's resolution as well as the satisfaction of helping a client win (see "Basic Legal Concepts," page 33).
In December 2003, Church & State printed an article by Erwin Chemerinsky opposing the words "under God" in the Pledge of Allegiance ("One Nation Under The Constitution," December 2003 Church & State).
Prior to his stem cell decision Bush reportedly asked to hear two ethicists with opposing viewpoints debate the issue in his presence.
* Opposing generally exemptions or exceptions to the Administrative Procedures Act, but supporting that any exemption or exceptions be included within Ch.
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 ..." due to heavy financial burdens on school budgets.
"We are going to discuss the aquarium, but right now we passed a resolution opposing it too."
And Jenny is now opposing the proposed sell-off of the CRI site.
The first step is known as the "power step." It is taken with the foot closest to the opposing lineman and is accompanied with a punch of the grounded hand.
BOSSES at Ryton Oganic Gardens are opposing plans to build the airport - which would be just a short distance from their base.
And considerably higher proportions of opposing than supporting sites include incorrect information (56% vs.