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instead (adv.)

1590s, contraction of Middle English prepositional phrase ine stede (early 13c.; see stead), itself a loan-translation of Latin in loco (French en lieu de). Typically written as two words until mid-17c.

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Definitions of instead

instead (adv.)
in place of, or as an alternative to;
Felix became a herpetologist instead
Synonyms: alternatively / or else
instead (adv.)
on the contrary; "he didn't call; rather (or instead), he wrote her a letter";
used English terms instead of Latin ones
Synonyms: rather
From wordnet.princeton.edu