Definitions for alternative
ɔlˈtɜr nə tɪv, æl-al·ter·na·tive
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option, alternative, choiceadjective
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, substituteadjective
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"
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)
Etymology: From alternatif, from alternativus, from the participle stem of alternare. Compare alternate.
Samuel Johnson's Dictionary
The choice given of two things; so that if one be rejected, the other must be taken.
Etymology: alternatis, Fr.
A strange alternative ————
Must ladies have a doctor, or a dance? Edward Young.
Alternative refers to one or more options or choices available as a substitute or replacement to the existing one. It generally denotes the possibility of choice between two or more things. In broader context, it can also represent unconventional or non-traditional method or approach towards a situation or problem.
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
Etymology: [Cf. F. alternative, LL. alternativa.]
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.
An equal choice.
There is an alternative to their proposed wedding venue and they are creating a way to achieve it together easily.
Submitted by MaryC on March 1, 2020
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Rank popularity for the word 'alternative' in Spoken Corpus Frequency: #2036
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Rank popularity for the word 'alternative' in Written Corpus Frequency: #3251
Rank popularity for the word 'alternative' in Nouns Frequency: #888
Rank popularity for the word 'alternative' in Adjectives Frequency: #270
The numerical value of alternative in Chaldean Numerology is: 1
The numerical value of alternative in Pythagorean Numerology is: 1
Liberalism is, I think, resurgent. One reason is that more and more people are so painfully aware of the alternative.
With Alternative Psyches come alternative failures.
The very idea that people know about an alternative to Putin the way Americans know about an alternative to Obama like the Republicans is just laughable.
TANAP has a special importance because of its route and its goal and is not an alternative project to others and there is not an alternative to it.
Until there's some consolidation here, you're not going to have a clear alternative to Donald Trump, if we don't come together, we're never going to be able to provide a clear alternative to the direction that Donald Trump wants to take the Republican Party and the country.
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- алтернатива, алтернативенBulgarian
- alternatiuCatalan, Valencian
- alternativní, alternativaCzech
- alternativ, AlternativeGerman
- εναλλακτικός, διέξοδος, επιλογή, προαιρετικός, εκλογή, εναλλαγήGreek
- alternativa, alternativoSpanish
- vaihtoehtoinen, vaihtoehtoFinnish
- alternatif, alternativeFrench
- այլընտրանքային, այլընտրանքArmenian
- alternativa, alternativoItalian
- 選択肢, 代替Japanese
- alternatywa, alternatywnyPolish
- alternativa, alternativoPortuguese
- альтернатива, альтернативныйRussian
- alternativan, alternativaSerbo-Croatian
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