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English definition of “alternative”

alternative

noun [C]  /ɔlˈtɜr·nə·t̬ɪv/ us  
something that is different, esp. from what is usual; a choice: You can make it look good by comparing it to a crummy alternative. I have no alternative but to ask you to leave.

alternative

adjective [not gradable]  /ɔlˈtɜr·nə·t̬ɪv/ us  
offering a choice between two or more things: People stay because they don’t have alternative opportunities. Alternative medicine is a wide range of treatments for medical conditions that people use instead of, or with, Western medicine.
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