alternative

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English[edit]

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Etymology[edit]

From Middle French alternatif, from Medieval Latin alternativus, from the participle stem of Latin alternāre (to do by turns). Compare alternate.

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Adjective[edit]

alternative (not comparable)

  1. Relating to a choice between two or more possibilities
    an alternative proposition
  2. Not traditional, outside the mainstream, underground (e.g., alternative medicine, alternative lifestyle, alternative rock).
  3. (Can we clean up(+) this sense?) Other.
  4. alternate; reciprocal
    (Can we find and add a quotation of Holland to this entry?)

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Noun[edit]

alternative (plural alternatives)

  1. A situation which allows a mutually exclusive choice between two or more possibilities; a choice between two or more possibilities. [from 17th c.]
    • 1817, Walter Scott, Rob Roy, XI:
      ‘The cloister or a betrothed husband?’ I echoed—‘Is that the alternative destined for Miss Vernon?’
  2. One of several mutually exclusive things which can be chosen. [from 17th c.]
  3. The remaining option; something available after other possibilities have been exhausted. [from 18th c.]

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French[edit]

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Pronunciation[edit]

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Adjective[edit]

alternative f

  1. feminine form of alternatif

Noun[edit]

alternative f (plural alternatives)

  1. alternative

German[edit]

Adjective[edit]

alternative

  1. inflected form of alternativ

Italian[edit]

Noun[edit]

alternative f

  1. plural form of alternativa

Adjective[edit]

alternative f

  1. feminine plural of alternativo

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Latin[edit]

Adjective[edit]

alternātīve

  1. vocative masculine singular of alternātīvus

Swedish[edit]

Adjective[edit]

alternative

  1. absolute definite natural masculine form of alternativ.