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On the farm, the feed for chicks is significantly different from the roosters’; ______ not even comparable.

Origin of substitute

1350–1400; Middle English <Latin substitūtus (past participle of substituere to put in place of), equivalent to sub-sub- + -stitū-, combining form of statū-, past participle stem of statuere (see substituent) + -tus past participle suffix
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British Dictionary definitions for substitute

substitute
/ (ˈsʌbstɪˌtjuːt) /

verb

noun

substitutable, adjectivesubstitutability, noun
C16: from Latin substituere, from sub- in place of + statuere to set up
Substitute is sometimes wrongly used where replace is meant: he replaced (not substituted) the worn tyre with a new one
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