al·ter·na·tive /ɔlˈtɝnətɪv, æl-/
al·ter·na·tive /ɔlˈtɝnətɪv, æl-/ 形容詞
1. Offering a choice of two things.
2. Disjunctive; as, an alternative conjunction.
3. Alternate; reciprocal. [Obs.]
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.
There is something else than the mere alternative of absolute destruction or unreformed existence. --Burke.
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.
Having to choose between two alternatives, safety and war, you obstinately prefer the worse. --Jowett (Thucyd.).
3. The course of action or the thing offered in place of another.
If this demand is refused the alternative is war. --Lewis.
With no alternative but death. --Longfellow.
4. A choice between more than two things; one of several things offered to choose among.
My decided preference is for the fourth and last of these alternatives. --Gladstone.
adj 1: allowing a choice; "an alternative plan" [syn: alternate]
2: necessitating a choice between mutually exclusive
possibilities; "`either' and `or' in `either this or
that'" [syn: mutually exclusive]
3: pertaining to unconventional choices; "an alternative life
n : one of a number of things from which only one can be chosen;
"what option did I have?"; "there no other alternative";
"my only choice is to refuse" [syn: option, choice]