• Alternative

    Pronunciation

    • UK IPA: /ɔːlˈtɜːnətɪv/

    Origin

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

    Full definition of alternative

    Adjective

    alternative

    1. Relating to a choice between two or more possibilitiesan alternative proposition
    2. Not traditional, outside the mainstream, underground (e.g., alternative medicine, alternative lifestyle, alternative rock).
    3. Other.
    4. alternate; reciprocal

    Noun

    alternative

    (plural alternatives)
    1. A situation which allows a mutually exclusive choice between two or more possibilities; a choice between two or more possibilities. from 17th c.
      • 1817, Walter Scott, Rob Roy, XI:‘The cloister or a betrothed husband?’ I echoed—‘Is that the alternative destined for Miss Vernon?’
    2. One of several mutually exclusive things which can be chosen. from 17th c.
    3. The remaining option; something available after other possibilities have been exhausted. from 18th c.

    Synonyms

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