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English adverb: instead

1. instead in place of, or as an alternative to

SamplesFelix became a herpetologist instead.
Alternatively we could buy a used car.

Synonymsalternatively, or else

2. instead on the contrary

SamplesRather than disappoint the children, he did two quick tricks before he left.
He didn't call; rather (or instead), he wrote her a letter.
Used English terms instead of Latin ones.


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