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English definition of “alternative”


noun [C]     /ɒlˈtɜː.nə.tɪv/ US  /ɑːlˈtɝː.nə.t̬ɪv/
B2 something that is different from something else , especially from what is usual , and offering the possibility of choice : an alternative to coffee There must be an alternative to people sleeping on the streets . I'm afraid I have no alternative but to ask you to leave (= that is what I have to do).Different and difference
(Definition of alternative noun from the Cambridge Advanced Learner's Dictionary & Thesaurus © Cambridge University Press)
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