rather thanrather than
And not: “Gibson guitars—with their carved tops and necks that are fitted and glued to the body, rather than bolted on—are expensive to make” (Joshua Rosenbaum).
Instead of: “diseases in which the immune system plays the villain rather than the protector” (Sandra Blakeslee). See Usage Note at instead of.
- instead of; in preference to.
- I'd like a dog rather than a cat.