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alternative

al·ter·na·tive

alternative

 
pronunciation:
awl tuhr n tihv
parts of speech:
noun, adjective
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part of speech: noun
definition: one of two or more choices.
Our two alternatives are walking or taking a taxi.
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similar words:
choice, selection
 
part of speech: adjective
definition: different in a way that gives you a choice.
Paying by credit card and paying in cash are alternative ways to pay for something.
derivation: alternatively (adv.)
Word Parts
The word alternative contains the following parts:
alter, altr Latin root that means other; change
-ive, -ative Latin adjective-forming suffix that means tending to, connected with, or performing
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The suffix -ive , -ative turns Latinate verb bases into adjectives. Many adjectives ending in -ive , -ative have corresponding noun forms ending in -ity (objective , objectivity) or -ion (effusive , effusion).