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  1. used for saying that one thing is preferred to another or happens instead of another

    Doug chose to quit rather than admit that he’d made a mistake.

    Rather than criticizing your husband, why not find out if there’s something wrong?

    We want the matter settled sooner rather than later.

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a description of an economic or political situation based on analysis of information at the present time

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an unregulated form of capitalism that features financial deregulation, privatisation and low tax for high earners

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