Meaning of ALTERNATIVE in English


adj. & n.


1. (of one or more things) available or usable instead of another (an alternative route).


Use with reference to more than two options (e.g. many alternative methods) is common, and acceptable.

2 (of two things) mutually exclusive.

3 of or relating to practices that offer a substitute for the conventional ones (alternative medicine; alternative theatre).


1. any of two or more possibilities.

2 the freedom or opportunity to choose between two or more things (I had no alternative but to go).

Phrases and idioms:

the alternative society a group of people dissociating themselves from conventional society and its values.


alternatively adv.

Etymology: F alternatif -ive or med.L alternativus (as ALTERNATE)

Oxford English vocab.      Оксфордский английский словарь.