al‧ter‧na‧tive1 S2 W2
1 [only before noun]
an alternative idea, plan etc is different from the one you have and can be used instead
alternative ways/approach/methods etc
alternative approaches to learning
Have you any alternative suggestions?
An alternative route is along the Via Unione.
deliberately different from what is usual, expected, or traditional
alternative 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 lifestyles
alternative medicine/therapies (=medical treatment that is not based on the usual western methods)
Acupuncture is widely used by practitioners of alternative medicine.
You can relax on the beach or alternatively try the bustling town centre.