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alternative

adjective uk   /ɒlˈtɜː.nə.tɪv/  us   /ɑːlˈtɝː.nə.t̬ɪv/
B2 (US also alternate) An alternative plan or method is one that you can use if you do not want to use another one: The opposition parties have so far failed to set out an alternative strategy. An alternative venue for the concert is being sought.B2 Alternative things are considered to be unusual and often have a small but enthusiastic group of people who support them: alternative comedy
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noun [C] uk   /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).
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