An alternative is an object or action which can be chosen. Alternative may also refer to:

Genres of music

* Alternative rock
* Alternative dance
* Alternative metal
* Alternative hip hop
* Alternative country

Other music

* Alternative (album), an album by the Pet Shop Boys
* Alternative Records, a record label

Mathematics and science

* Alternative algebra, an abstract algebra with alternative multiplication
* Alternate leaves, a classification in botanical phyllotaxis


* Alternative education, non-traditional education
* Alternative school, a school geared towards students whose needs cannot be met in a traditional school

Culture and society

* Alternative comics, a genre of comic strips and books
* Alternative comedy, a range of styles used by comedians and writers in the 1980s
* Alternative culture, a variety of subcultures existing along the fringes of mainstream culture
* Alternative dispute resolution, processes and techniques outside the traditional mainstream of jurisprudence
* Alternative fashion, for example Goth fashion, Punk fashion, Fetish fashion.
* Alternative lifestyle, a lifestyle that it is not within the cultural norm
* Alternative media, media practices falling outside the mainstreams of corporate communication
* Alternative medicine, methods and practices which reject the scientific teachings on medicine
* Alternative society, different models for society and social change
* Alternative (Kamen Rider), a character in the Japanese TV series, "Kamen Rider Ryuki"

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(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 — 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… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • 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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