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Dictionary definition for: Instead

1. (r) in place of, or as an alternative to; "Felix became a herpetologist instead" "alternatively we could buy a used car"

2. (r) on the contrary; "rather 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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