alternative

1 adjective
1 (only before noun) an alternative idea, plan etc is one that can be used instead of another one: There doesn't seem to be an alternative option.
2 (only before noun) an alternative system or solution is considered less damaging or more effective than the old one: alternative sources of energy
-see also: alternative medicine
3 not based on or believing in the established social or moral standards: an alternative lifestyle | alternative theatre
- alternatively adverb: We could walk or alternatively we could go in Ted's car 2 noun (C) something that you can choose to do or use instead of something else: Check out the alternatives before deciding whether to go to a nearby college. (+ to): a viable alternative to the present system of welfare benefits | have no alternative (=used to say that you feel you must do something): I had no alternative but to report him to the police. | there's no alternative: I'm sorry, there's no alternative but to sell the car.

Longman dictionary of contemporary English. 2004.

Synonyms:
(between two things), (of two)


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