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Synonyms for alternative
ɔlˈtɜr nə tɪv, æl-al·ter·na·tive

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English Synonyms and Antonyms3.0 / 2 votes

  1. alternative

    A choice may be among many things; an alternative is in the strictest sense a choice between two things; oftener it is one of two things between which a choice is to be made, and either of which is the alternative of the other; as, the alternative of surrender is death; or the two things between which there is a choice may be called the alternatives; both Mill and Gladstone are quoted as extending the meaning of alternative to include several particulars, Gladstone even speaking of "the fourth and last of these alternatives." Option is the right or privilege of choosing; choice may be either the right to choose, the act of choosing, or the thing chosen. A person of ability and readiness will commonly have many resources. Pick, from the Saxon, and election, from the Latin, picture the objects before one, with freedom and power to choose which he will; as, there were twelve horses, among which I could take my pick. A choice, pick, election, or preference is that which suits one best; an alternative is that to which one is restricted; a resource, that to which one is glad to betake oneself.

    Synonyms:
    choice, election, option, pick, preference, resource

    Antonyms:
    compulsion, necessity

Complete Dictionary of Synonyms and Antonyms1.0 / 1 vote

  1. alternative

    Synonyms:
    choice, resource, opinion

    Antonyms:
    compulsion, quandary, necessity, fix

Princeton's WordNet1.5 / 2 votes

  1. option, alternative, choiceadjective

    one of a number of things from which only one can be chosen

    "what option did I have?"; "there no other alternative"; "my only choice is to refuse"

    Synonyms:
    choice, selection, option, pick

    Antonyms:
    conjunctive, conventional, primary

  2. alternate, alternative, substituteadjective

    serving or used in place of another

    "an alternative plan"

    Synonyms:
    alternate, alternating(a), utility(a), ersatz, alternate(a), substitute(a), substitute

    Antonyms:
    conventional, primary, conjunctive

  3. alternativeadjective

    necessitating a choice between mutually exclusive possibilities

    "alternative possibilities were neutrality or war"

    Synonyms:
    substitute, alternate

    Antonyms:
    conventional, primary, conjunctive

  4. alternativeadjective

    pertaining to unconventional choices

    "an alternative life style"

    Synonyms:
    substitute, alternate

    Antonyms:
    primary, conjunctive, conventional

Dictionary of English Synonymes0.0 / 0 votes

  1. alternativenoun

    Synonyms:
    choice (between two things)

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How to use alternative in a sentence?

  1. Hindustan Times:

    What The Congress needs to offer is thus a more detailed policy prescription, which identifies why some of these solutions have been difficult to achieve. The Congress will make the alternative agenda more convincing.

  2. Erich Pratt:

    Anti-gun advocates are clearly frustrated. They want guns banned, but they have been thwarted in the past, so they are looking for alternative means.

  3. Jo Clark:

    We are starting to see some instances where banks are being put in a fairly difficult position of either following their money, finding an alternative capital source or calling time on companies. That is going to drive some transactions in the market.

  4. Elizabeth Reese:

    We've already had to figure out alternative ways to privately pay for abortions and had to drive hundreds of miles, i don't think this will force a lot of tribes to feel like this is an urgent change for them.

  5. Kimberly Flynn:

    It's harder and harder to sell a mutual fund in today's fee-sensitive environment, you need to offer something truly alternative that has the potential to produce alpha (excess returns). It may also be a conversation starter to sell the rest of their other product lineup.


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