alternativeal‧ter‧na‧tive1 /ɔːlˈtɜːnətɪv $ ɒːlˈtɜːr-, æl-/ ●●○S3W2AWL adjective 🔊 🔊 1[only before noun]CHOOSE an alternative idea, plan etc is different from the one you have and can be used insteadalternative ways/approach/methods etc 🔊 alternative approaches to learning 🔊 Have you any alternative suggestions? 🔊 An alternative route is along the Via Unione.2CONVENTIONALdeliberately different from what is usual, expected, or traditionalalternative music/theatre etc 🔊 Tucson’s alternative radio station 🔊 sources of alternative energy (=energy produced by the sun, wind etc rather than by gas, coal etc) 🔊 tolerance of alternative lifestylesalternative medicine/therapies (=medical treatment that is not based on the usual western methods) 🔊 Acupuncture is widely used by practitioners of alternative medicine.
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alternative• Certificate of appropriatealternativedevelopment for residepurposes.• The last thing Letterman wants from me is an alternative, goy, version of the human dilemma.• an alternativelifestyle• San Francisco has a long history of accepting the city's many alternative lifestyles.• Alternativemedicine can cure many problems but not diseases like cancer.• For vegetarianguests there is an alternativemenu.• This study will also take into accountchoices between alternative methods and the selection of topics and sites for investigation.• alternative music• The downside of such excellenteconomicperformance is that virtually any alternativescenario will represent a deterioration.• alternativesources of energy• Do you have any alternativesuggestions to make?• Jones' book detailsalternative ways of coping with stress.• One of many interestingalternative ways of measuringmutual inductance uses any bridge that measures self inductance together with the following technique.• Even with space and equipmentlimitations there are alternative ways to organize a room.alternative route• Councillors decided to press for alternative routes by sea, to get the weapons to Faslane and Coulport.• The alternative route down the locks became virtually impassable as the locks were allowed to deteriorate.• At the quantum level the individualalternative routes have only amplitudes, not probabilities.• Fortunately, a federal rule was introduced that allowed California eye banks an alternative route to get the requiredtissue.• This means finding alternative routes to success, and it means measuring and treasuring success in small amounts.• This was an alternative route we had considered in planning so we were dismayed by freshnews.• How can it be that by allowing the photon an alternative route, we have actually stopped it from traversing either route?alternative medicine/therapies• Clinicalecology is one of the more controversial forms of alternative medicine.• It must be stressed that there are important differences between stagehypnotism and the techniques used in alternative medicine.• Needle Works Acupuncture is widely used in human alternative medicine.• TonySmithclaims that the purpose of our newsletter is to support alternative medicine.• There are so many forms of alternative medicine and there's no doubt it's getting more popular.• She says a range of alternative therapies have helped her improve.• We can not dismiss claims about, say, alternative medicine or acupuncture a priori.• In Homoeopathy and many other types of alternative medicine the patient's illness is placed in a much larger context.alternativealternative2 ●●○S3W3AWL noun [countable] 🔊 🔊 CHOOSEsomething you can choose to do or use instead of something elsealternative to 🔊 Is there a viable alternative to the present system? 🔊 If payment is not received, legal action will be our only alternative. 🔊 I had no alternative but to report him to the police. 🔊 He quickly assessed the alternatives open to him.COLLOCATIONSadjectivesa good/attractive alternativeIf you don’t want curtains, blinds are a good alternative.a possible/acceptable/satisfactory alternativeI’m busy tomorrow but Wednesday is a possible alternative.a real/serious alternativeCo-operation offers the only real alternative.a viable alternative (=that can work as successfully)Hydrogen offers a viable alternative to petrol and diesel.a practical alternativeThis treatment represents a practical alternative to surgery.a cheap alternativeA take-away is a cheap alternative to eating out.a safe alternativeWill there ever be a safe alternative to nuclear power?a healthy alternativeLow-fat biscuits are a healthy alternative to cake.verbshave an alternativeYou have a few alternatives to choose from.offer/provide an alternativeIf your first choice is not available, we always have alternatives to offer.suggest an alternativeDo you have an alternative you can suggest?seek an alternativePeople are seeking alternatives to meat-based dishes.find an alternativeThe program is directed to finding alternatives to oil and natural gas.phraseshave no/little alternative (but to do something)He had no alternative but to resign.leave somebody with no alternative (but to do something)I was left with no alternative but to seek legal advice.