1. comparing two different things
black as opposed to white
Something 'as opposed to' something else is in contrast to the other thing or different from it in some way. This is a phrase used to compare two things: "I prefer swimming as opposed to running." "This approach has many more advantages as opposed to Harry's suggestion." This phrase 'as opposed' is useful in social and professional contexts and similar in meaning to 'in contrast to' and 'in comparison with'.