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My question is contained in the title: can I use 'rather (an adjective) to' instead of 'too (an adjective) to'?

To convey a weaker tone than a sentence such as 'Its implications are too various to outline in this short preamble', can I write like this: 'Its implications are rather various to outline in this short preamble'?

Thank you all in advance.

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In general, the answer is yes.

e.g. "He is rather old to be doing that".

He is doing it, and it is unexpected and unusual that he is. It's a descriptive statement.

"He is too old to be doing that".

He is doing it, and he should not be doing it. It is a proscriptive statement.

However, in the specific example you ask about, the answer is no. "...rather various..." is not a phrase in use.

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