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Definition of alternative adjective from the Oxford Advanced American Dictionary



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  1. 1(also alternate) that can be used instead of something else an alternative method of doing something Do you have an alternative solution?
  2. 2different from the usual or traditional way in which something is done alternative comedy/music/lifestyles/values alternative energy (= electricity or power that is produced using the energy from the sun, wind, water, etc.)
See the Oxford Advanced Learner's Dictionary entry: alternative