alternative[ awl-tur-nuh-tiv, al- ]SEE DEFINITION OF alternative
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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.
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.