Alternative meaning

ôl-tûrnə-tĭv, ăl-
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A choice between two or among more than two things.
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Either or one of the things to be chosen.
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Relating to a choice between two or more possibilities.

An alternative proposition.

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An alternative is defined as an option.

Corn as a side dish to an entree is an example of an alternative.

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Alternative is defined as something that does not conform to existing or mainstream standards.

Acupuncture is an example of an alternative medical treatment.

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Something remaining to be chosen.

Is there an alternative to going?

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One of several mutually exclusive things which can be chosen. [from 17th c.]
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A situation which allows a mutually exclusive choice between two or more possibilities; a choice between two or more possibilities. [from 17th c.]
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Designating or of an institution, enterprise, etc. that appeals to unconventional or nontraditional interests.

An alternative school.

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Not traditional, outside the mainstream, underground (e.g., alternative medicine, alternative lifestyle, alternative rock).
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The remaining option; something available after other possibilities have been exhausted. [from 18th c.]
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The definition of alternative is something that is a possible selection.

The route you decided to take is an example of an alternative route.

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A situation presenting a choice between two mutually exclusive possibilities.

People facing the alternative of selling their homes or going bankrupt.

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Providing or being a choice between two or among more than two things.

Alternative routes.

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Origin of alternative

  • From Middle French alternatif, from Medieval Latin alternativus, from the participle stem of Latin alternāre (“to do by turns”). Compare alternate.

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