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Distribution of usage frequency for the most common synonyms of the noun alternative:


The word alternative and its family (alternatively, alternatives) are included in the Academic Word List by Dr. Averil Coxhead, which contains the 570 most frequent word families used in academic texts from a variety of subject areas, of interest for students that learn the words most needed to study at tertiary institutions.

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Definition of the noun alternative

What does alternative mean as a name of something?

Alternative is one of the top 1000 most common nouns in the English language.

noun - plural: alternatives

  1. one of a number of things from which only one can be chosen

Definition of the adjective alternative

What does alternative mean as an attribute of a noun?

adjective - degrees: more alternative / most alternative

  1. serving or used in place of another
  2. necessitating a choice between mutually exclusive possibilities
    • example: alternative possibilities were neutrality or war
    • similar: disjunctive
  3. pertaining to unconventional choices

Alternative definition of the adjective alternative


  1. Relating to a choice between two or more possibilities
  2. Not traditional (an alternative lifestyle)
  3. See Other.


Alternative is a musical group.


Alternative: The Alternatives are fictional characters in the tokusatsu production of the TV series Kamen Rider Ryuki. They were mimicries of the 13 Kamen Riders and not considered true Kamen Riders, only Rider-like, as its wearers do not acknowledge themselves as Kamen Riders. Two Alternative suits were known to have been produced - a production model called Alternative and a prototype called Alternative Zero. Alternative and Alternative Zero's true identities were, respectively Hajime Nakamura and Hideyuki Kagawa. Along with Kamen Rider Tiger, the two were fighting to close the Mirror World and opposed Kanzaki's Rider War.


  1. "Alternative" is a compilation album by English synthpop duo Pet Shop Boys. It was first released in 1995.
  2. "Alternative" is a composition.
  3. "Alternative" is a composition, cataloged instance.
  4. "Alternative" is a musical single of Annabel.
    • released on
  5. "Alternative" is a musical single of S3RL.
    • released in (8 years ago)
  6. "Alternative" is a musical single of Headman.
    • released on (5 years ago)
  7. "Alternative" is a composition, cataloged instance.
  8. "Alternative" is a musical album of Ofer Golany.


  1. AlterNative: AlterNative: An International Journal of Indigenous Peoples is a quarterly peer-reviewedacademic journal published by Ngā Pae o te Māramatanga, New Zealand’s Indigenous Centre of Research Excellence. It covers indigenous studies and scholarly research from native indigenous perspectives from around the world. The journal was established in 2005 and the editors-in-chief are Tracey McIntosh and Michael Walker.
  2. The Alternative is a local political party in Ljungby Municipality, Sweden. Alternativet was founded in 1994. The party president is Roland Johansson, secretary Rune Arvidsson and treasurer Jörgen Källdalen.
  3. Alternative is a political party in Mauritania. The party won in the 19 November and 3 December 2006 elections 1 out of 95 seats.

Phrases with Alternative

  1. Alternative Rock
  2. alternative vote
  3. alternative birth
  4. alternative energy
  5. Alternative algebra
  6. Alternative country
  7. alternative birthing
  8. alternative medicine
  9. alternative pleading
  10. Alternative lifestyle
  11. Alternative hypothesis
  12. Alternative dispute resolution
  13. pleading in the alternative

Printed dictionaries and other books with definitions for Alternative

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Google previewThe Verbalist (1881)

A Manual Devoted to Brief Discussions of the Right and the Wrong Use of Words and to Some Other Matters of Interest to Those who Would Speak and Write with Propriety by Alfred Ayres

The word alternative means a choice offered between two things. An alternative wiit, for example, offers the alternative of choosing between the doing of a specified act or of showing cause why it is not done. Such propositions, therefore, as, ...

Google previewExposition of the Grammatical Structure of the English Language (1857)

Being an Attempt to Furnish an Improved Method of Teaching Grammar. For the Use of Schools and Colleges by John Mulligan

the * The word alternative also means properly one of two, and in strictness ought not to be extended to a greater number ; but we have ventured to depart, for the sake of convenience, from the strict usage. (12) What word is used where ...

Google previewMay I Quote You on That? (2015)

A Guide to Grammar and Usage by Stephen Spector

As an adjective, alternative refers to a choice between two or more things. Since the ...

Google previewThe Dictionary of Alternative & Complementary Medicine (2010)

Subjective health care viewed with an objective eye by Joseph Segen

toxicity from dental restoration materials, electrogalvanism and ion migration, and temporomandibular joint dysfunction; alternative dentists may use acupuncture, biofeedback, craniosacral therapy, herbal medicine, homeopathy, and other ...

Google previewThe Penguin Dictionary of Alternative Medicine (2008)

by T V Sairam

Alternative medicine is the core of the healthcare system of 80 per cent of the world's population and is one of thefastestgrowingsectors of healthcare. Herbs and supplements are not largely regulated by consumerprotection agencies, but ...

Google previewEncyclopedia of Research Design (2010)

by Neil J. Salkind

The alternative hypothesis is the hypothesis that is inferred, given a rejected null hypothesis. Also called the research hypothesis, it is best described as an explanation for why the null hypothesis was rejected. Unlike the null, the alternative ...

Google previewDictionary of Health Insurance and Managed Care (2006)

by David E. Marcinko, MBA, CFP, CMP

ALTERNATIVE HEALTH CARE ALLOWED CHARGE: The amount Medicare approves for payment to a physician. Typically, Medicare pays 80% of the approved charge and the beneficiary pays the remaining 20%. The allowed charge for a ...

Google previewRoutledge International Encyclopedia of Women (2004)

Global Women's Issues and Knowledge by Cheris Kramarae, Dale Spender

ALTERNATIVE ENERGY From time immemorial the power of the sun, forests, wind, tides, and water has been harnessed for such diverse activities as lighting fires, ...

Google previewThe Skeptic Encyclopedia of Pseudoscience (2002)

by Michael Shermer

The term alternative archaeology (or pseudoarchaeology) is used to denote various approaches to investigating the ancient past using paranormal methods and/or pseudoscientific standards of argument. The genre has been around at least ...

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Quotes about Alternative

We must shift the energy policy debate in America with an increased focus on alternative and renewable fuels and Congress must pass meaningful alternative fuels and incentive programs to help move the U.S. away from dependence on foreign oil. (Rick Renzi)
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Scrabble value of A1L1T1E1R1N1A1T1I1V4E1

The value of this 11-letter word is 14 points. It is included in the first and second editions of the Official Scrabble Players Dictionary.

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