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From The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48 :

  Instead \In*stead"\, adv. [Pref. in- + stead place.]
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     1. In the place or room; -- usually followed by of.
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              Let thistles grow of wheat.           --Job xxxi.
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              Absalom made Amasa captain of the host instead of
              Joab.                                 --2 Sam. xvii.
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     2. Equivalent; equal to; -- usually with of. [R.]
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              This very consideration to a wise man is instead of
              a thousand arguments, to satisfy him, that in those
              times no such thing was believed.     --Tillotson.
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From WordNet (r) 3.0 (2006) :

      adv 1: in place of, or as an alternative to; "Felix became a
             herpetologist instead"; "alternatively we could buy a
             used car" [syn: alternatively, instead, or else]
      2: 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" [syn: rather, instead]

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