Part of speech: adjective

Affording a choice between two things.

Part of speech: noun

Something instead of something else; a choice of two ( or more) things.

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Usage examples "alternative":

  1. But there was no alternative. - "The Lone Ranche", Captain Mayne Reid.
  2. " They who knew, but would not tell, left her one alternative. - "The Red Conspiracy", Joseph J. Mereto.
  3. If several of the alternatives are of the same kind, we expect an alternative of that kind to recur with a frequency proportioned to their greater number. - "Logic, Inductive and Deductive", William Minto.