Definition of than :
A particle expressing comparison, used after certain adjectives and adverbs which express comparison or diversity, as more, better, other, otherwise, and the like. It is usually followed by the object compared in the nominative case. Sometimes, however, the object compared is placed in the objective case, and than is then considered by some grammarians as a preposition. Sometimes the object is expressed in a sentence, usually introduced by that; as, I would rather suffer than that you should want.
seen against something, next to, in favor of, I'd sooner do something, relative, compared with/to, like, as you please, prefer, preference, rather than, someone's likes and dislikes, relatively, whereas, the... the..., by/in contrast, leaning
- They are not " better than Vathek," but they are good. - "The English Novel", George Saintsbury.
- But you must expect to have to believe rather than feel. - "The Pillars of the House, V1", Charlotte M. Yonge.
- They were mother's, I suppose, and I have as much right- yes, more right- to them than she has. - "A Singer from the Sea", Amelia Edith Huddleston Barr.