different from existing social arrangement, practicality, or convention
   The use implies that the methods or tastes proposed or chosen are preferable to or more efficacious than those generally adopted, whether it be alternative medicine, gardening, nutrition, religion, education, defence (pacifism), lifestyle, sexuality (homosexuality), or whatever:
    Eva Wilt's... Alternative Medicine alternated with Alternative Gardening and Alternative Nutrition and even various Alternative Religions. (Sharpe, 1979)
    I'm into Marxist aesthetics. I'm interested in alternative education. (Bradbury, 1976)
    ... an 'alternative defence workshop' led by Mrs Joan Ruddock, CND Chairman. (Daily Telegraph, November 1983)
    Should we admire marriage or 'alternative lifestyles'? (Daily Telegraph, 14 December 1998, quoting Tony Blair)
    Homosexuality, with the inevitable personal disorientation it generates, was shrugged off as 'alternative sexuality'. (Daily Telegraph, November 1979)
    His relations with the women he photographed appear to have remained professional and friendly and — even though he never married — scandal never fastened on an alternative proclivity. (Daily Telegraph, obituary of August 1990)

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(between two things), (of two)

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  • alternative — al·ter·na·tive 1 /ȯl tər nə tiv, al / adj 1: alternate (1) 2: offering or expressing a choice an alternative contract see also alternative pleading at …   Law dictionary

  • Alternative — Al*ter na*tive, n. [Cf. F. alternative, LL. alternativa.] 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. [1913 Webster] There is something else… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • alternative — ALTERNATIVE. s. fém. L option entre deux propositions, entre deux choses. On lui a proposé ou de rendre la terre, ou de la payer; il est embarrassé sur l alternative. Je vous offre l alternative. On lui a donné l alternative …   Dictionnaire de l'Académie Française 1798

  • alternative — [ôl tʉr′nə tiv, altʉr′nə tiv] adj. [ML alternativus: see ALTERNATE] 1. providing or being a choice between two or among more than two things [alternative routes] 2. designating or of an institution, enterprise, etc. that appeals to unconventional …   English World dictionary

  • Alternative — Al*ter na*tive, a. [Cf. F. alternatif.] 1. Offering a choice of two things. [1913 Webster] 2. Disjunctive; as, an alternative conjunction. [1913 Webster] 3. Alternate; reciprocal. [Obs.] Holland. [1913 Webster] …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • Alternative — »Entscheidung zwischen zwei Möglichkeiten; andere Möglichkeit; Möglichkeit, zwischen zwei oder mehreren Dingen zu wählen«: Das Substantiv wurde im 17. Jh. aus dem Französischen entlehnt. Das gleichbed. frz. alternative gehört zu frz. alterne… …   Das Herkunftswörterbuch

  • alternative — [adj] other, alternate another, back up, different, flipside, other side, second, substitute, surrogate; concept 564 alternative [n] possible choice back up, druthers*, opportunity, option, other, other fish in sea*, other fish to fry*, pick,… …   New thesaurus

  • alternative — Alternative. s. f. Une des deux propositions qu on fait à quelqu un, & desquelles il peut choisir celle qu il luy plaira. Donnez moy ces villes là ou celles là, payez moy tant ou rendez moy ma terre, je vous offre, je vous donne l alternative …   Dictionnaire de l'Académie française

  • alternative — ► ADJECTIVE 1) (of one or more things) available as another possibility. 2) (of two things) mutually exclusive. 3) departing from or challenging traditional practices. ► NOUN ▪ one of two or more available possibilities. DERIVATIVES alternatively …   English terms dictionary

  • Alternatīve — (franz.), die entscheidende Wahl zwischen zwei Dingen, wo es heißt: entweder oder. Im Börsengeschäft ist Alternativ die Geschäfts oder Schlußform, bei der es dem einen Interessenten freisteht, Lieferung oder Differenzvergütung zu fordern …   Meyers Großes Konversations-Lexikon

  • Alternative — (lat.), Lage, in der man zwischen zwei Dingen wählen muß, das Entweder Oder …   Kleines Konversations-Lexikon

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