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
Some social media users suggested that the Al Qaeda founder’s document gives an alternative perspective about the U.S.’ involvement in conflicts in the Middle East.—Daysia Tolentino, NBC News, 17 Nov. 2023 And this kind of alternative community really speaks to a lot of people.—Jeff Ihaza, Rolling Stone, 17 Nov. 2023 Wells Fargo’s century-plus streak of prosperity was propped up by the failures of Freedman’s Savings Bank and other alternative banking institutions whose fraudulent practices robbed Black families of the chance to accumulate multigenerational wealth.—WIRED, 16 Nov. 2023 This second round will fund similar companies but also those that rely on alternative chemistries, such as flow and sodium batteries.—Isabella O'Malley, Fortune, 15 Nov. 2023 Noodling catfish is considered a primitive or alternative method of take, and is usually found alongside other traditional catfishing methods like trotlining, juglining, and yoyoing in fishing regulation booklets.—Natalie Krebs, Outdoor Life, 15 Nov. 2023 Neither my career, nor my sexuality, are alternative.—Alex Ross, The New Yorker, 13 Nov. 2023 Clement argued that the county should scrap its missing-middle housing ordinance and create an alternative affordable housing plan.—Antonio Olivo, Washington Post, 8 Nov. 2023 The effort starts with a terror attack on Jerusalem — specifically, the Dome of the Rock, which sits atop the Temple Mount, a sacred site in Islam and Judaism entirely controlled by Muslims in Chabon’s alternative reality.—Jack Butler, National Review, 4 Nov. 2023
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Mowing: This is the most efficient and easiest way to manage leaf accumulation for lawns, lawn alternatives, and ground covers.—Kristin Guy, Sunset Magazine, 16 Nov. 2023 Maia poses a potential alternative to Nvidia’s A100 and H100 processors which currently dominate the AI chip market.—Bychristiaan Hetzner, Fortune, 16 Nov. 2023 Gather the pinecones in the middle of your table as an alternative to a floral centerpiece, or place a pinecone on each plate to add a natural touch to place settings.—Kaylei Fear, Better Homes & Gardens, 16 Nov. 2023 Some commuters who turn to public transportation as an alternative might decide to stick with it after several weeks.—Nathan Solis, Los Angeles Times, 16 Nov. 2023 Recently, though, the global tech industry has been working to promote a simpler and more secure alternative known as passkeys.—WIRED, 15 Nov. 2023 Meanwhile, bio-succinic acid, an alternative to salicylic acid, gently exfoliates and reduces sebum production, while a Chinese plant extract called E. Sagittatum and polypeptides work together against acne bacteria—in a way that’s nonirritating.—Petra Guglielmetti, Glamour, 13 Nov. 2023 This dynamic with the two candidates who right now are battling to be that alternative to Donald Trump.—Nbc Universal, NBC News, 5 Nov. 2023 There are a number of streaming cable alternatives that carry these networks.—Rudie Obias, The Hollywood Reporter, 2 Nov. 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