Alternative Al*ter"na*tive, n. [Cf. F. alternative, LL. alternativa.] 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. [1913 Webster]

There is something else than the mere alternative of absolute destruction or unreformed existence. --Burke. [1913 Webster]

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}. [1913 Webster]

Having to choose between two alternatives, safety and war, you obstinately prefer the worse. --Jowett (Thucyd.). [1913 Webster]

3. The course of action or the thing offered in place of another. [1913 Webster]

If this demand is refused the alternative is war. --Lewis. [1913 Webster]

With no alternative but death. --Longfellow. [1913 Webster]

4. A choice between more than two things; one of several things offered to choose among. [1913 Webster]

My decided preference is for the fourth and last of these alternatives. --Gladstone. [1913 Webster]

The Collaborative International Dictionary of English. 2000.

(between two things), (of two)

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  • alternative — al·ter·na·tive 1 /ȯl tər nə tiv, al / adj 1: alternate (1) 2: offering or expressing a choice an alternative contract see also alternative pleading at …   Law dictionary

  • alternative — ALTERNATIVE. s. fém. L option entre deux propositions, entre deux choses. On lui a proposé ou de rendre la terre, ou de la payer; il est embarrassé sur l alternative. Je vous offre l alternative. On lui a donné l alternative …   Dictionnaire de l'Académie Française 1798

  • alternative — [ôl tʉr′nə tiv, altʉr′nə tiv] adj. [ML alternativus: see ALTERNATE] 1. providing or being a choice between two or among more than two things [alternative routes] 2. designating or of an institution, enterprise, etc. that appeals to unconventional …   English World dictionary

  • Alternative — Al*ter na*tive, a. [Cf. F. alternatif.] 1. Offering a choice of two things. [1913 Webster] 2. Disjunctive; as, an alternative conjunction. [1913 Webster] 3. Alternate; reciprocal. [Obs.] Holland. [1913 Webster] …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • Alternative — »Entscheidung zwischen zwei Möglichkeiten; andere Möglichkeit; Möglichkeit, zwischen zwei oder mehreren Dingen zu wählen«: Das Substantiv wurde im 17. Jh. aus dem Französischen entlehnt. Das gleichbed. frz. alternative gehört zu frz. alterne… …   Das Herkunftswörterbuch

  • alternative — [adj] other, alternate another, back up, different, flipside, other side, second, substitute, surrogate; concept 564 alternative [n] possible choice back up, druthers*, opportunity, option, other, other fish in sea*, other fish to fry*, pick,… …   New thesaurus

  • alternative — Alternative. s. f. Une des deux propositions qu on fait à quelqu un, & desquelles il peut choisir celle qu il luy plaira. Donnez moy ces villes là ou celles là, payez moy tant ou rendez moy ma terre, je vous offre, je vous donne l alternative …   Dictionnaire de l'Académie française

  • alternative — ► ADJECTIVE 1) (of one or more things) available as another possibility. 2) (of two things) mutually exclusive. 3) departing from or challenging traditional practices. ► NOUN ▪ one of two or more available possibilities. DERIVATIVES alternatively …   English terms dictionary

  • Alternatīve — (franz.), die entscheidende Wahl zwischen zwei Dingen, wo es heißt: entweder oder. Im Börsengeschäft ist Alternativ die Geschäfts oder Schlußform, bei der es dem einen Interessenten freisteht, Lieferung oder Differenzvergütung zu fordern …   Meyers Großes Konversations-Lexikon

  • Alternative — (lat.), Lage, in der man zwischen zwei Dingen wählen muß, das Entweder Oder …   Kleines Konversations-Lexikon

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