Definitions for: Alternative

[n] an alternative action; "what option did I have?"; "there no other alternative"; "my only choice is to refuse"
[adj] necessitating a choice between mutually exclusive possibilities; "`either' and `or' in `either this or that'"
[adj] pertaining to unconventional choices; "an alternative life style"
[adj] allowing a choice; "an alternative plan"

Webster (1913) Definition: Al*ter"na*tive, a. [Cf. F. alternatif.]
1. Offering a choice of two things.

2. Disjunctive; as, an alternative conjunction.

3. Alternate; reciprocal. [Obs.] --Holland.

Al*ter"na*tive, n. [Cf. F. alternative, LL.
1. An offer of two things, one of which may be chosen, but
not both; a choice between two things, so that if one is
taken, the other must be left.

There is something else than the mere alternative of
absolute destruction or unreformed existence.

2. Either of two things or propositions offered to one's
choice. Thus when two things offer a choice of one only,
the two things are called alternatives.

Having to choose between two alternatives, safety
and war, you obstinately prefer the worse. --Jowett

3. The course of action or the thing offered in place of

If this demand is refused the alternative is war.

With no alternative but death. --Longfellow.

4. A choice between more than two things; one of several
things offered to choose among.

My decided preference is for the fourth and last of
these alternatives. --Gladstone.

Synonyms: alternate, choice, disjunctive, mutually exclusive, option, secondary, unconventional

See Also: deciding, decision making, default, default option, druthers, Hobson's choice, impossibility, impossible action, obverse, opening, possibility, possible action, preference, soft option

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