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  3  definitions  found 
 
  From  Webster's  Revised  Unabridged  Dictionary  (1913)  [web1913]: 
 
  Alternative  \Al*ter"na*tive\,  a.  [Cf.  F.  alternatif.] 
  1.  Offering  a  choice  of  two  things 
 
  2.  Disjunctive;  as  an  alternative  conjunction. 
 
  3.  Alternate;  reciprocal.  [Obs.]  --Holland. 
 
  From  Webster's  Revised  Unabridged  Dictionary  (1913)  [web1913]: 
 
  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 
 
  There  is  something  else  than  the  mere  alternative  of 
  absolute  destruction  or  unreformed  existence. 
  --Burke. 
 
  2.  Either  of  two  things  or  propositions  offered  to  one's 
  choice.  Thus  when  two  things  offer  a  choice  of  one  only, 
  the  two  things  are  called  {alternatives}. 
 
  Having  to  choose  between  two  alternatives,  safety 
  and  war,  you  obstinately  prefer  the  worse.  --Jowett 
  (Thucyd.). 
 
  3.  The  course  of  action  or  the  thing  offered  in  place  of 
  another. 
 
  If  this  demand  is  refused  the  alternative  is  war. 
  --Lewis. 
 
  With  no  alternative  but  death.  --Longfellow. 
 
  4.  A  choice  between  more  than  two  things  one  of  several 
  things  offered  to  choose  among. 
 
  My  decided  preference  is  for  the  fourth  and  last  of 
  these  alternatives.  --Gladstone. 
 
  From  WordNet  r  1.6  [wn]: 
 
  alternative 
  adj  1:  allowing  a  choice;  "an  alternative  plan"  [syn:  {alternate}] 
  2:  necessitating  a  choice  between  mutually  exclusive 
  possibilities;  "`either'  and  `or'  in  `either  this  or  that' 
  [syn:  {mutually  exclusive}] 
  3:  pertaining  to  unconventional  choices;  "an  alternative  life 
  style" 
  n  :  an  alternative  action  "what  option  did  I  have?"  or  "there 
  no  other  alternative"  or  "my  only  choice  is  to  refuse" 
  [syn:  {option},  {choice}] 




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