alternative ADJECTIVE 1) (of one or more things) available as another possibility. 2) (of two things) mutually exclusive. 3) departing from or challenging traditional practices.
NOUN one of two or more available possibilities.
DERIVATIVES alternatively adverb.
USAGE Some people maintain that you can only have a maximum of two alternatives (because the word alternative comes from Latin alter ‘other of two’). References to more than two alternatives are, however, normal in modern standard English.

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