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
Lawndale long opposed the project, but recently backed a second alternative route that would run along Hawthorne.—Rachel Uranga, Los Angeles Times, 30 Sep. 2023 Despite the foundering of the rPET work, 150 engineers are still employed there working on alternative initiatives, the company says.—WIRED, 30 Sep. 2023 The Haynie family is hoping their rice mill can be counted among those alternative sources.—Chandelis Duster, CNN, 30 Sep. 2023 In a city brimming with daily newspapers, The Voice found its niche as an alternative newsweekly in the bohemian culture of Greenwich Village, where another weekly, The Villager, had been publishing since the 1930s.—Richard Sandomir, New York Times, 28 Sep. 2023 Someone sent me an article in a law journal that was using School of Rock as an example of alternative teaching styles.—Angie Martoccio, Rolling Stone, 28 Sep. 2023 On the margins, many more artists were angling for attention in the suddenly very crowded alternative landscape.—Al Shipley, Spin, 28 Sep. 2023 Jackson, Wyoming Jackson Hole is home to not just one of the best ski resorts in the country but also Bridger-Teton National Forest, which offers plenty of alternative winter fun.—Perri Ormont Blumberg, Travel + Leisure, 28 Sep. 2023 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
Try to keep your calm in the face of adversity and watch how much better and brighter the alternative is for you.—Meghan Rose, Glamour, 1 Oct. 2023 Feeling moist and sticky is much better than the alternative—death by heat stroke.—WIRED, 30 Sep. 2023 The streamers will need to find alternatives to the commercial break.—Brian Steinberg, Variety, 30 Sep. 2023 Interest in an alternative ran high, much to the benefit of Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis.—David Lauter, Los Angeles Times, 29 Sep. 2023 There are plenty of alcohol-free alternatives to soothing nerves and travel anxiety.—Olivia Morelli, Condé Nast Traveler, 29 Sep. 2023 And, over a quarter (28%) said they’d be swayed by subsidies or on-site alternatives for childcare or eldercare, which is probably unsurprising given the national average price of childcare is around $10,600 annually and the rapidly approaching childcare cliff fall-off.—Jane Thier, Fortune, 28 Sep. 2023 Food that is fortified is also a good source, including milk and milk alternatives, like soy or almond milk.—Laura Hensley, Verywell Health, 28 Sep. 2023 But with far-right lawmakers opposing any stopgap funding bill, neither of those proposals — nor a more conservative-leaning alternative proposed by Speaker Kevin McCarthy — has enough Republican votes to pass the House.—Kayla Guo, New York Times, 28 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