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Definition of "alternative" []

  • The choice between two mutually exclusive possibilities. (noun)
  • A situation presenting such a choice. (noun)
  • Either of these possibilities. See Synonyms at choice. (noun)
  • Usage Problem One of a number of things from which one must be chosen. (noun)
  • Allowing or necessitating a choice between two or more things. (adjective)

American Heritage(R) Dictionary of the English Language, Fifth Edition. Copyright (c) 2011 by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. Published by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. All rights reserved.

Use "alternative" in a sentence
  • "Content-Type: multipart/alternative; boundary = "= _alternative 00809D0DC2257785_ =""
  • "Content-Type: multipart/alternative; boundary = "= _alternative 0082E6BDC2257785_ =""
  • "The term alternative medicine also called alternative treatments or alternative therapies describes any healing practice that is outside the boundaries of conventional Western medicine."