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alternative

al·ter·na·tive

alternative

 
 
pronunciation:
awl tuhr n tihv
parts of speech:
noun, adjective
features:
Word Parts
part of speech: noun
definition 1: one of two or more possibilities; option.
What do you think is the best alternative?
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synonyms:
option
similar words:
choice, pick, preference, selection
definition 2: the choice of one or more options.
The store gives customers the alternative of paying with a credit card or in cash.I'm sorry to do this, but I have no alternative.
synonyms:
choice, option
similar words:
pick, preference, selection
 
part of speech: adjective
definition 1: being one of two or more possibilities.
Scientists in India offer an alternative explanation for this phenomenon.
definition 2: offering or allowing a choice.
The store offers alternative payment methods.
synonyms:
optional
similar words:
allowable, alternate, permissible
definition 3: nontraditional or unconventional.
He expresses his unique views in an alternative newspaper.The hippies of the 1960s were not the first Americans to have an alternative lifestyle.
synonyms:
nontraditional, unconventional
antonyms:
regular
similar words:
progressive
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).