Meaning of ALTERNATIVE in English

I. adjective Date: 1540 alternate 1, offering or expressing a choice , different from the usual or conventional: as, existing or functioning outside the established cultural, social, or economic system , of, relating to, or being rock music that is regarded as an ~ to conventional rock and is typically influenced by punk rock, hard rock, hip-hop, or folk music, of or relating to ~ medicine , ~ly adverb ~ness noun II. noun Date: 1624 1. a proposition or situation offering a choice between two or more things only one of which may be chosen, an opportunity for deciding between two or more courses or propositions, 2. one of two or more things, courses, or propositions to be chosen, something which can be chosen instead , ~ rock music, see: choice

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