election implies an end or purpose which requires exercise of judgment.
doing a tax return forces certain elections on you
Examples of alternative in a Sentence
Scientists are developing an alternative approach to treating the disease.
He developed an alternative design for the new engine. Noun
We decided to leave since our only other alternative was to wait in the rain.
I was offered no alternative.
The menu offered several vegetarian alternatives.
Recent Examples on the Web
But alternative wireless providers including Xfinity, Spectrum, Mint, Consumer Cellular, Boost Mobile and Google Fi use exactly the same mobile networks as Verizon, AT&T or T-Mobile but charge you less.—Shira Ovide, Washington Post, 15 Sep. 2023 That has led Moscow to desperately search for alternative sources to increase its stocks, most recently by trying to secure a weapons deal with North Korea, U.S. and Western officials said.—Thomas Gibbons-Neff, New York Times, 14 Sep. 2023 Analysts said this alliance could emerge as an alternative center of power that could challenge the West or at least Washington.—Tracy Wilkinson, Los Angeles Times, 13 Sep. 2023 That has led Moscow to desperately search for alternative sources to increase its stocks, most recently by trying to secure a weapons deal with North Korea, US and Western officials said.—Eric Schmitt and, BostonGlobe.com, 13 Sep. 2023 But some elements of embracing an alternative reality could definitely be helpful on the job.—Ursula Schmied, Glamour, 12 Sep. 2023 That could leave consumers scrambling to find alternative treatments for relief from nasal congestion and drugmakers hurrying to devise new drug formulations.
Drugs like Sudafed, made by pharmaceutical company Johnson & Johnson, are part of a roughly $2.2 billion market for oral decongestants.—Megan Cerullo, CBS News, 12 Sep. 2023 The group also said that other effective alternative options would not be as easily accessible, a claim disputed by advisory committee members.—Berkeley Lovelace Jr., NBC News, 12 Sep. 2023 Helping farmers protect their crops and develop alternative income streams with bees has also earned conservationists the trust of otherwise resistant farmers.—Anthony Ham, Smithsonian Magazine, 11 Sep. 2023
What is DirecTV Stream? DirecTV Stream is for those looking for a cable alternative with more channel options.—Josie Howell | Jhowell@al.com, al, 15 Sep. 2023 The anecdote stems from a dynamic prevalent not just in hip-hop but across art forms: the supposedly rigid dichotomy between the alternative and the mainstream.—Spencer Kornhaber, The Atlantic, 15 Sep. 2023 Still, there are other, more lasting alternatives for hotels.—Sofia Andrade, Anchorage Daily News, 14 Sep. 2023 With Trump’s likely absence, the second debate is once again setting up to be a clash among the party’s leading alternatives, none of whom seem positioned to mount a significant challenge to Trump.—Geoffrey Skelley, ABC News, 14 Sep. 2023 This cheaper alternative to the standard Elite Series 2 is essentially the same customizable controller, but additional accessories (like a charging case and extra sticks, D-pad, and rear paddles) have to be purchased separately.—Antonio G. Di Benedetto, The Verge, 14 Sep. 2023 For iPhone owners who aren’t planning on upgrading right away but need new chargers, the most cost-effective alternative to buying another Lightning cable is to go wireless.—Brian X. Chen, New York Times, 14 Sep. 2023 After cleansing, steaming her face, exfoliating and applying serum, Hudgens likes to cap off her routine with the vitamin C mask as a moisturizer alternative.—Michelle Lee, Peoplemag, 14 Sep. 2023 The purchase of a new residence would have been financed with private funds but regents, meeting in closed session, voted 13-7 against the proposal, according to board minutes, and will seek other alternatives to secure safe housing for Drake and his family.—Teresa Watanabe, Los Angeles Times, 14 Sep. 2023 See More
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borrowed from Middle French & Medieval Latin; Middle French alternatif "occurring by turns, alternating," borrowed from Medieval Latin alternātīvus, from Latin alternātus, past participle of alternāre "to ebb and flow, act in alternation, arrange in alternating order" + -īvus-ive — more at alternate entry 1
borrowed from French & Medieval Latin; French alternative, going back to Middle French, borrowed from Medieval Latin alternātīva, noun derivative from feminine of alternātīvus "occurring by turns" — more at alternative entry 1