- preferably, Preferably.
- Often used with than, which introduces the less preferable alternative:
- I'd stay in all day than go out with them.
- I'd like this one rather than the other one.
- somewhat, Somewhat, fairly.
- This melon is tasteless.
- This melon is tasteless, especially compared to the one we had last time.
- (dated) more, More, more of.
Etymology: Via from hraíor
- 1898, J. A. Hamilton, "w:Edward Smith-Stanley, 14th Earl of Derby, Stanley, Edward George Geoffrey Smith", in Sidney Lee (Ed.), w:Dictionary of National Biography, Dictionary of National Biography, Volume LIV: Stanhope"Stovin, The MacMillan? Company, http://books.google.com/books?id=zj0JAAAAIAAJ&pg=PA60 page 60,
- :His "Iliad" is spirited and polished, and, though often a paraphrase than a translation, is always more truly poetic than most of the best translations.
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