What does the word alternative mean?

Usage examples for alternative

  1. But there was no alternative. – The Lone Ranche by Captain Mayne Reid
  2. " They who knew, but would not tell, left her one alternative. – The Red Conspiracy by 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 by William Minto