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EXAMPLES FROM THE WEB FOR ALTERNATIVE

Master Headley did not like the alternative at all, and was a good deal perplexed.

In the absence of overtures there was no alternative but to march on Paris.

An acceptance so direct left Clarence no alternative: his fate was decided.

There was no alternative now but to cross the barrens to Whale River on foot.

Henry Dunbar was resolute; and the young lawyer had no alternative.

Now that I can think coolly of the business, I know that such an alternative is impossible.

There was only one alternative to a dead, burned-out, empty planet.

But even in acknowledging this she reserved to herself an alternative.

May there not be the alternative, I said, that we may persuade you to let us go?

But I couldn't—no, by heaven, I couldn't—accept the alternative.

WORD ORIGIN

1580s, "offering one or the other of two," from Medieval Latin alternativus, from Latin alternatus, past participle of alternare (see alternate (v.)). Meaning "purporting to be a superior choice to what is in general use" was current by 1970 (earliest reference is to the media); e.g. alternative energy (1975). Related: Alternatively.

MORE RELATED WORDS FOR ALTERNATIVE

choice

nounpower to select; selection
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