Electrical conduit should run inside the counter, rather than through the block cells, wherever possible.
To avoid damaging branches, twist fruit off gently rather than pulling it.
Selected for flavor rather than hardiness, they are the crown jewels of summer.
Here's a spot for anyone looking for a retreat rather than a resort.
rather than tackling this or tossing them out, keep them around for their green foliage.
Dry-stacked stone walls are held together by friction and gravity rather than mortar.
rather than being attracted to certain colors, you're inspired by specific objects.
Despite its grandeur, it compliments rather than distracts from its splendid setting.
rather than romance, they could covet and treat themselves with sweets.
People used olive oil rather than soap to wash, so the water needed to be periodically skimmed by servants.
British Dictionary definitions for rather than
adverb (in senses 1-4, not used with a negative)
relatively or fairly; somewhat it's rather dull
to a significant or noticeable extent; quite she's rather pretty
to a limited extent or degree I rather thought that was the case
with better or more just cause this text is rather to be deleted than rewritten
more readily or willingly; sooner I would rather not see you tomorrow
on the contrary it's not cold. Rather, it's very hot indeed
sentence substitute (ˈrɑːˈðɜː)
an expression of strong affirmation, often in answer to a question Is it worth seeing? Rather!
Both would and had are used with rather in sentences such as I would rather (or had rather) go to the film than to the play. Had rather is less common and is now widely regarded as slightly old-fashioned
Old English hrathor comparative of hræthready, quick; related to Old Norse hrathr
O.E. hraþor "more quickly, earlier, sooner," also "more readily," comparative of hraþe, hræþe "quickly," related to hræð "quick," from P.Gmc. *khrathuz (cf. O.N. hraðr, O.H.G. hrad). The base form rathe was obsolete by 18c. except in poetry; superlative rathest fell from use by 17c. Meaning "more willingly" is recorded from c.1300; sense of "more truly" is attested from c.1380.