alternative

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1al·ter·na·tive

adjective \l-ˈtər-nə-tiv, al-\

: offering or expressing a choice

: not usual or traditional

: existing or functioning outside of the established society

Full Definition of ALTERNATIVE

1
:  alternate 1
2
:  offering or expressing a choice <several alternative plans>
3
:  different from the usual or conventional: as
a :  existing or functioning outside the established cultural, social, or economic system <an alternative newspaper> <alternative lifestyles>
b :  of, relating to, or being rock music that is regarded as an alternative to conventional rock and is typically influenced by punk rock, hard rock, hip-hop, or folk music
c :  of or relating to alternative medicine <alternative therapies>
al·ter·na·tive·ly adverb
al·ter·na·tive·ness noun

Examples of ALTERNATIVE

  1. Scientists are developing an alternative approach to treating the disease.
  2. He developed an alternative design for the new engine.

First Known Use of ALTERNATIVE

1540

2alternative

noun

: something that can be chosen instead of something else : a choice or option

Full Definition of ALTERNATIVE

1
a :  a proposition or situation offering a choice between two or more things only one of which may be chosen
b :  an opportunity for deciding between two or more courses or propositions
2
a :  one of two or more things, courses, or propositions to be chosen
b :  something which can be chosen instead <the only alternative to intervention>
3
:  alternative rock music

Examples of ALTERNATIVE

  1. We decided to leave since our only other alternative was to wait in the rain.
  2. I was offered no alternative.
  3. The menu offered several vegetarian alternatives.

First Known Use of ALTERNATIVE

1576

al·ter·na·tive

adjective \l-ˈtər-nət-iv, al-\   (Medical Dictionary)

Medical Definition of ALTERNATIVE

: of, relating to, or based on alternative medicine <alternative therapies>

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