Adjective "alternative" definition and examples



Definitions and examples


(of one or more things) available as another possibility or choice.
  1. 'Walsh says the company will just have to be innovative in seeking alternative forms of finance.'
  2. 'I mean they ought to be able to reflect on possible alternative views, and some do.'
  3. 'An alternative method is to use a blow torch which will soften the varnish or paint, allowing easy removal with a scraper.'
  4. 'Peanut flour is a cheap and quick alternative method for thickening dishes.'
  5. 'He even suggests that the argument has merit by moving onto the issue of possible alternative sources of funding.'
  6. 'Can you talk about how and why it was humanism that triumphed over alternative possibilities?'
  7. 'If it is not available, an alternative venue would have to be found or the hearing adjourned.'
  8. 'They are being offered alternative seats as similar as possible to the ones they have at Maine Road.'
  9. 'Where such data are not available, there are alternative ways of securing suitable information.'
  10. 'Organisers have also made sure there will be alternative traffic routes available.'
  11. 'the facts fit two alternative scenarios'
  12. 'The only legal alternative, a fresh set of elections, would solve nothing.'
  13. 'It is in the public interest that they be both experienced and expert: the alternative is unacceptable.'
Relating to activities that depart from or challenge traditional norms.
  1. 'Witchcraft has come out of the shadows and is entering British society as a viable alternative lifestyle.'
  2. 'Terror Trax was a haven for what we hoped would be the next phase of alternative music.'
  3. 'I think this is what appealed to our adolescent selves, as it appeals to a lot of fans of alternative music.'
  4. 'Here in the States, alternative media have become extremely compartmentalised.'
  5. 'I was living an alternative lifestyle before anyone had thought of the expression.'
  6. 'Listening to this record momentarily makes one feel that all is well in alternative music.'
  7. 'Find the best alternative therapy for your lifestyle and health needs.'
  8. 'An article such as this one marks a sad day in the realm of so-called alternative press.'
  9. 'The band Hell is for Heroes has denounced it as ‘a great blow to alternative music’.'
  10. 'It used to sell books and pamphlets about alternative cultures and lifestyles.'


One of two or more available possibilities.
  1. 'she had no alternative but to break the law'
  2. 'There is no excuse for wearing real fur with so many humane alternatives now available.'
  3. 'The lack of alternatives to an illegal action does not legitimise that action.'
  4. 'In the light of the discontent on the back-benches, we have to have alternatives.'
  5. 'It's making me feel better just knowing that I have alternatives to the current situation.'
  6. 'Our task is to ensure that there are real alternatives from which people may choose.'
  7. 'Ministers claim that an adequate alternative is available for men and women who are cohabiting.'
  8. 'If you don't want to go the whole hog by designing and building your own house, there are alternatives.'
  9. 'You are better off to have a number of alternatives available to you in case of an emergency.'
  10. 'Shouldn't we take this opportunity to review the situation and debate alternatives?'
  11. 'The launch of Oven Chips offered a healthier and more convenient alternative to traditional chips.'


1. a choice limited to one of two or more possibilities, as of things, propositions, or courses of action, the selection of which precludes any other possibility: You have the alternative of riding or walking.

2. one of the things, propositions, or courses of action that can be chosen: The alternative to riding is walking.

3. a possible or remaining course or choice: There was no alternative but to walk. adjective

4. affording a choice of two or more things, propositions, or cou

More examples(as adjective)

"nos can be alternative to policies."

"theres can be alternative for countries."

"theres can be alternative as greats."

"staffs can be alternative in minds."

"places can be alternative to policies."

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Mid 16th century (in the sense ‘alternating, alternate’): from French alternatif, -ive or medieval Latin alternativus, from Latin alternare ‘interchange’ (see alternate).