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[n] an alternative action; "what option did I have?"; "there no other alternative"; "my only choice is to refuse"
[adj] necessitating a choice between mutually exclusive possibilities; "`either' and `or' in `either this or that'"
[adj] pertaining to unconventional choices; "an alternative life style"
[adj] allowing a choice; "an alternative plan"

Misc. Definitions

\Al*ter"na*tive\, a. [Cf. F. alternatif.]
1. Offering a choice of two things.
2. Disjunctive; as, an alternative conjunction.
3. Alternate; reciprocal. [Obs.] --Holland.
\Al*ter"na*tive\, n. [Cf. F. alternative, LL. alternativa.]
1. 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. There is something else than the mere alternative of absolute destruction or unreformed existence. --Burke.
2. 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}. Having to choose between two alternatives, safety and war, you obstinately prefer the worse. --Jowett (Thucyd.).
3. The course of action or the thing offered in place of another. If this demand is refused the alternative is war. --Lewis. With no alternative but death. --Longfellow.
4. A choice between more than two things; one of several things offered to choose among. My decided preference is for the fourth and last of these alternatives. --Gladstone.

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