Definitions for Alternativeɔlˈtɜr nə tɪv, æl-
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Random House Webster's College Dictionary
al•ter•na•tive*ɔlˈtɜr nə tɪv, æl-(n.)
a choice limited to one of two or more possibilities:
the alternative of riding or walking.
one of these choices:
The alternative to riding is walking.
a possible or remaining choice:
no alternative but to walk.
(adj.)affording a choice between two or more things.
(of two choices) mutually exclusive so that if one is chosen the other must be rejected.
employing nontraditional or unconventional ideas, methods, etc.:
an alternative newspaper.
* Syn: See choice.
Origin of alternative:
option, alternative, choice(adj)
one of a number of things from which only one can be chosen
"what option did I have?"; "there no other alternative"; "my only choice is to refuse"
alternate, alternative, substitute(adj)
serving or used in place of another
"an alternative plan"
necessitating a choice between mutually exclusive possibilities
"alternative possibilities were neutrality or war"
pertaining to unconventional choices
"an alternative life style"
Kernerman English Learner's Dictionary
alternative(noun)ɔlˈtɜr nə tɪv, æl-
one of several possibilities
the alternative to using this method; I had to leave. I had no alternative.
alternative(adjective)ɔlˈtɜr nə tɪv, æl-
not using traditional methods
alternativeɔlˈtɜr nə tɪv, æl-
used instead of sth; = alternate
an alternative plan/route
A situation which allows a mutually exclusive choice between two or more possibilities; a choice between two or more possibilities.
One of several mutually exclusive things which can be chosen.
The remaining option; something available after other possibilities have been exhausted.
Relating to a choice between two or more possibilities
Not traditional (an alternative lifestyle)
Origin: From alternatif, from alternativus, from the participle stem of alternare. Compare alternate.
offering a choice of two things
disjunctive; as, an alternative conjunction
an offer of two things, one of which may be chosen, but not both; a choice between two things, so that if one is taken, the other must be left
either of two things or propositions offered to one's choice. Thus when two things offer a choice of one only, the two things are called alternatives
the course of action or the thing offered in place of another
a choice between more than two things; one of several things offered to choose among
Alternative is the compilation album by English synthpop duo Pet Shop Boys. It was first released in 1995. Alternative is a 2-disc set, consisting of 30 B-sides in chronological order. The title Alternative was a last-minute change from the title that had been long saved for such an album, Besides, but that title was taken by American rock band Sugar, who released their own B-sides compilation two months prior. Alternative only really gained popularity among devoted fans of Pet Shop Boys with the exception of the UK, where it entered the charts at #2. A remake of the original 7-inch "Paninaro" entitled "Paninaro '95" was released as a single in order to promote the 2-disc compilation. The cover of Alternative features photographs of Tennant and Lowe in fencing masks. The first copies of the CD have a lenticular image on the cover which shifts between the two photographs. Neil Tennant admitted in a radio interview with Absolute Radio that a second B-side album may be released in 2010. This materialised on 11 November 2011 when the duo announced through Varsity that they would release another B-sides album in February 2012 titled Format.
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Rank popularity for the word 'Alternative' in Nouns Frequency: #888
Rank popularity for the word 'Alternative' in Adjectives Frequency: #270
Translations for Alternative
Kernerman English Multilingual Dictionary
offering a choice of a second possibility
An alternative arrangement can be made if my plans don't suit you.
- alternativoPortuguese (BR)
- alterna- tiivneEstonian
- دیگر؛ ثانویFarsi
- sem um er að velja, annar (kostur)Icelandic
- 양자 택일의Korean
- alternatīvs; izvēles-Latvian
- pilihan lainMalay
- دیگر؛ ثانویPersian
- بل، منځنیPashto
- annan, alternativ-Swedish
- başka, öbür, alternatifTurkish
- 替代的Chinese (Trad.)
- متبادل طور پرUrdu
- có thể lựa chọnVietnamese
- 可供替换的Chinese (Simp.)
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