Meaning of ALTERNATIVE in English

I. ȯl-ˈtər-nə-tiv, al- adjective

Date: 1540

1. : alternate 1

2. : offering or expressing a choice

several alternative plans

3. : different from the usual or conventional: as

a. : existing or functioning outside the established cultural, social, or economic system

an alternative newspaper

alternative lifestyles

b. : of, relating to, or being rock music that is regarded as an alternative to conventional rock and is typically influenced by punk rock, hard rock, hip-hop, or folk music

c. : of or relating to alternative medicine

alternative therapies

• al·ter·na·tive·ly adverb

• al·ter·na·tive·ness noun

II. noun

Date: 1624


a. : a proposition or situation offering a choice between two or more things only one of which may be chosen

b. : an opportunity for deciding between two or more courses or propositions


a. : one of two or more things, courses, or propositions to be chosen

b. : something which can be chosen instead

the only alternative to intervention

3. : alternative rock music

Synonyms: see choice

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