What does alternative mean?

Definitions for alternative
ɔlˈtɜr nə tɪv, æl-al·ter·na·tive

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Princeton's WordNet

  1. 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"

  2. alternate, alternative, substituteadjective

    serving or used in place of another

    "an alternative plan"

  3. alternativeadjective

    necessitating a choice between mutually exclusive possibilities

    "alternative possibilities were neutrality or war"

  4. alternativeadjective

    pertaining to unconventional choices

    "an alternative life style"


  1. alternativenoun

    A situation which allows a mutually exclusive choice between two or more possibilities; a choice between two or more possibilities.

  2. alternativenoun

    One of several mutually exclusive things which can be chosen.

  3. alternativenoun

    The remaining option; something available after other possibilities have been exhausted.

  4. alternativeadjective

    Relating to a choice between two or more possibilities

  5. alternativeadjective

    Not traditional (an alternative lifestyle)

  6. alternativeadjective


  7. Etymology: From alternatif, from alternativus, from the participle stem of alternare. Compare alternate.

Webster Dictionary

  1. Alternativeadjective

    offering a choice of two things

  2. Alternativeadjective

    disjunctive; as, an alternative conjunction

  3. Alternativeadjective

    alternate; reciprocal

  4. Alternativenoun

    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

  5. Alternativenoun

    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

  6. Alternativenoun

    the course of action or the thing offered in place of another

  7. Alternativenoun

    a choice between more than two things; one of several things offered to choose among

  8. Etymology: [Cf. F. alternative, LL. alternativa.]


  1. Alternative

    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.

Editors Contribution

  1. alternative

    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  

British National Corpus

  1. Spoken Corpus Frequency

    Rank popularity for the word 'alternative' in Spoken Corpus Frequency: #2036

  2. Written Corpus Frequency

    Rank popularity for the word 'alternative' in Written Corpus Frequency: #3251

  3. Nouns Frequency

    Rank popularity for the word 'alternative' in Nouns Frequency: #888

  4. Adjectives Frequency

    Rank popularity for the word 'alternative' in Adjectives Frequency: #270

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  1. Chaldean Numerology

    The numerical value of alternative in Chaldean Numerology is: 1

  2. Pythagorean Numerology

    The numerical value of alternative in Pythagorean Numerology is: 1

Examples of alternative in a Sentence

  1. Amy Klobuchar:

    We're not going to see [ continued success ] if we spend our whole time bemoaning the fact that he's there, he's there. And we have to present an alternative.

  2. Andy Puzder:

    All you really need to know is the alternative is Hillary Clinton.

  3. Russian President Vladimir Putin:

    But there's no alternative to a peaceful settlement of the conflict, all conditions have to be created for the soonest end of the bloodshed and for an inter-Syrian political dialogue in the future with participation of all constructive political forces.

  4. Arun Sundararajan:

    It could position something that's branded Harley as an alternative to scooter rental, there aren't many iconic mobility brands. How can Harley take advantage of people radically changing how they transport themselves ?

  5. London Breed:

    My desire is to get to them, not to just make an arrest, but to get to them and to try and figure out if they would be willing to work with us on something that is an alternative, we can’t just put them in a program without making sure that they have money, without making sure that they have something to take care of themselves.

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