1. In place of, or as an alternative to (synset 400063710)
    "Felix became a herpetologist instead"; "alternatively we could buy a used car"
  2. On the contrary (synset 400099264)
    "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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