Instead In*stead", adv. [Pref. in- + stead place.] [1913 Webster] 1. In the place or room; -- usually followed by of. [1913 Webster]

Let thistles grow of wheat. --Job xxxi. 40. [1913 Webster]

Absalom made Amasa captain of the host instead of Joab. --2 Sam. xvii. 25. [1913 Webster]

2. Equivalent; equal to; -- usually with of. [R.] [1913 Webster]

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. [1913 Webster]

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