What Is Alternative?

What Is Alternative?

In these times when "alternative" is becoming mainstream, and "the norm", the questions remains, what is alternative?

Let us consult the dictionary...

Firstly with WordNet...

The noun

1. option, alternative, choice -- (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")

The adjective

1. alternate, alternative -- (allowing a choice; "an alternative plan")
2. alternative, mutually exclusive -- (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")

\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.

Now with Webster's 1913 Dictionary...

\Al*ter"na*tive\, n. [Cf. F. alternative, LL.
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.

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

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.

Types of alternatives include - Alternative












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