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ALTERNATIVE

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 Dictionary entry overview: What does alternative mean? 

ALTERNATIVE (noun)
  The noun ALTERNATIVE has 1 sense:

1. one of a number of things from which only one can be chosen

  Familiarity information: ALTERNATIVE used as a noun is very rare.


ALTERNATIVE (adjective)
  The adjective ALTERNATIVE has 3 senses:

1. allowing a choice
2. necessitating a choice between mutually exclusive possibilities
3. pertaining to unconventional choices

  Familiarity information: ALTERNATIVE used as an adjective is uncommon.


 Dictionary entry details 


ALTERNATIVE (noun)


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Meaning:

One of a number of things from which only one can be chosen

Classified under:

Nouns denoting cognitive processes and contents

Synonyms:

alternative; option; choice

Context examples:

what option did I have? / there no other alternative / my only choice is to refuse

Hypernyms ("alternative" is a kind of...):

deciding; decision making (the cognitive process of reaching a decision)

Hyponyms (each of the following is a kind of "alternative"):

obverse (the more conspicuous of two alternatives or cases or sides)

druthers; preference (the right or chance to choose)

default; default option (an option that is selected automatically unless an alternative is specified)

opening; possibility; possible action (a possible alternative)

impossibility; impossible action (an alternative that is not available)

Hobson's choice (the choice of taking what is offered or nothing at all)

soft option (an easier alternative)


ALTERNATIVE (adjective)


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Meaning:

Allowing a choice

Synonyms:

alternative; alternate

Context example:

an alternative plan

Similar:

secondary (being of second rank or importance or value; not direct or immediate)


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Meaning:

Necessitating a choice between mutually exclusive possibilities

Synonyms:

alternative; mutually exclusive

Context example:

'either' and 'or' in 'either this or that'

Similar:

disjunctive (serving or tending to divide or separate)


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Meaning:

Pertaining to unconventional choices

Context example:

an alternative life style

Similar:

unconventional (not conventional or conformist)


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