Meaning of ALTERNATIVE in English

ALTERNATIVE

(~s)

Frequency: The word is one of the 1500 most common words in English.

Note: The form 'alternate' is sometimes used, especially in American English, instead of '~' in meanings 3, 4, and 5.

1.

If one thing is an ~ to another, the first can be found, used, or done instead of the second.

New ways to treat arthritis may provide an ~ to painkillers.

N-COUNT: oft N to n

2.

An ~ plan or offer is different from the one that you already have, and can be done or used instead.

There were ~ methods of travel available...

= other, alternate

ADJ: ADJ n

3.

Alternative is used to describe something that is different from the usual things of its kind, or the usual ways of doing something, in modern Western society. For example, an ~ lifestyle does not follow conventional ways of living and working.

...unconventional parents who embraced the ~ lifestyle of the Sixties...

? conventional

ADJ: ADJ n

4.

Alternative medicine uses traditional ways of curing people, such as medicines made from plants, massage, and acupuncture.

...~ health care.

ADJ: ADJ n

5.

Alternative energy uses natural sources of energy such as the sun, wind, or water for power and fuel, rather than oil, coal, or nuclear power.

ADJ: ADJ n

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