a.1.Offering a choice of two things.
2.Disjunctive; as, an alternative conjunction.
3.Alternate; reciprocal.
n.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.
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.
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.
Noun1.alternative - 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: option, choice
Adj.1.alternative - allowing a choice; "an alternative plan"
Synonyms: alternate
2.alternative - necessitating a choice between mutually exclusive possibilities; "`either' and `or' in `either this or that'"
3.alternative - pertaining to unconventional choices; "an alternative life style"

ALTERNATIVE. The one or the other of two things. In contracts a party has frequently the choice to perform one of several things, as, if he is bound to pay one hundred dollars, or to deliver a horse, he has the alternative. Vide Election; Obligation; Alternative.

LEGACY, ALTERNATIVE. One where the testator gives one of two things to the legatee without designating which of them; as, one of my two horses. Vide Election.

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