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, 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"

  2. alternate, alternative, substitute(adj)

    serving or used in place of another

    "an alternative plan"

  3. alternative(adj)

    necessitating a choice between mutually exclusive possibilities

    "alternative possibilities were neutrality or war"

  4. alternative(adj)

    pertaining to unconventional choices

    "an alternative life style"


  1. alternative(Noun)

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

  2. alternative(Noun)

    One of several mutually exclusive things which can be chosen.

  3. alternative(Noun)

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

  4. alternative(Adjective)

    Relating to a choice between two or more possibilities

  5. alternative(Adjective)

    Not traditional (an alternative lifestyle)

  6. alternative(Adjective)


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

Webster Dictionary

  1. Alternative(adj)

    offering a choice of two things

  2. Alternative(adj)

    disjunctive; as, an alternative conjunction

  3. Alternative(adj)

    alternate; reciprocal

  4. Alternative(noun)

    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. Alternative(noun)

    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. Alternative(noun)

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

  7. Alternative(noun)

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

  8. Origin: [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.

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  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

How to pronounce alternative?

  1. Alex
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How to say alternative in sign language?

  1. alternative


  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. Mr Bezos:

    The alternative is stasis.

  2. Mitch McConnell:

    No action is not an alternative.

  3. Isabel Cela:

    Guaid represents the alternative.

  4. Maryam Baraka:

    There is no alternative to a brick house.

  5. Thomas Massie:

    Daniel Webster is a very viable alternative.

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