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alternative

adjective [always before noun]
 
 
/ɔːlˈtɜːnətɪv/
INSTEAD ( also US alternate) B2 An alternative plan, method, etc is one that you can use if you do not want to use another one: We can make alternative arrangements if necessary.Different and difference
UNUSUAL B2 different to what is usual or traditional: alternative comedy an alternative lifestyleDifferent and differenceAlternative and traditional therapiesUnique and unusualGood, better and best in terms of quality
(Definition of alternative adjective from the Cambridge Learners Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)
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