alternative

adj. & n.
—adj.
1 (of one or more things) available or usable instead of another (an alternative route).
Usage:
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).
—n.
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.
Derivatives:
alternatively adv.
Etymology: F alternatif -ive or med.L alternativus (as ALTERNATE)

Useful english dictionary. 2012.

Synonyms:
(between two things), (of two)


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