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 for alternative
From The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48 :

  Alternative \Al*ter"na*tive\, a. [Cf. F. alternatif.]
     1. Offering a choice of two things.
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     2. Disjunctive; as, an alternative conjunction.
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     3. Alternate; reciprocal. [Obs.] --Holland.
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From The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48 :

  Alternative \Al*ter"na*tive\, n. [Cf. F. alternative, LL.
     alternativa.]
     1. An offer of two things, one of which may be chosen, but
        not both; a choice between two things, so that if one is
        taken, the other must be left.
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              There is something else than the mere alternative of
              absolute destruction or unreformed existence.
                                                    --Burke.
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     2. Either of two things or propositions offered to one's
        choice. Thus when two things offer a choice of one only,
        the two things are called alternatives.
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              Having to choose between two alternatives, safety
              and war, you obstinately prefer the worse. --Jowett
                                                    (Thucyd.).
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     3. The course of action or the thing offered in place of
        another.
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              If this demand is refused the alternative is war.
                                                    --Lewis.
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              With no alternative but death.        --Longfellow.
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     4. A choice between more than two things; one of several
        things offered to choose among.
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              My decided preference is for the fourth and last of
              these alternatives.                   --Gladstone.
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From WordNet (r) 3.0 (2006) :

  alternative
      adj 1: serving or used in place of another; "an alternative
             plan" [syn: alternate, alternative, substitute]
      2: necessitating a choice between mutually exclusive
         possibilities; "alternative possibilities were neutrality or
         war"
      3: pertaining to unconventional choices; "an alternative life
         style"
      n 1: one of a number of things from which only one can be
           chosen; "what option did I have?"; "there no other
           alternative"; "my only choice is to refuse" [syn: option,
           alternative, choice]

From Moby Thesaurus II by Grady Ward, 1.0 :

  102 Moby Thesaurus words for "alternative":
     additional, agent, alternate, alternate choice, analogy, another,
     attainable, backup, change, changeling, choice, comparison,
     contingency, copy, counterfeit, deputy, different, discretion,
     discretional, disjunctive, double, druthers, dummy, election,
     elective, equal, equivalent, ersatz, escape clause, escape hatch,
     exchange, exchangeable, fake, fill-in, ghost, ghostwriter,
     imitation, interchangeable, locum tenens, loophole, makeshift,
     metaphor, metonymy, mock, next best thing, option, optional,
     optionality, personnel, phony, pinch, pinch hitter, pleasure,
     possibility, possible choice, preference, pretext, provisional,
     proxy, relief, replacement, replacing, representative, reserve,
     reserves, ringer, saving clause, second string, secondary,
     selection, sign, spare, spares, stand-in, stopgap, sub,
     substituent, substitute, substitution, succedaneum, superseder,
     supplanter, surrogate, symbol, synecdoche, temporary, tentative,
     third string, token, understudy, utility, utility player, variant,
     vicar, vicarious, vice-president, vice-regent, volitional,
     voluntary, way of escape, way out, will and pleasure
  
  

From Bouvier's Law Dictionary, Revised 6th Ed (1856) :

  ALTERNATIVE. The one or the other of two things. In contracts a party has
  frequently the choice to perform one of several things, as, if he is bound
  to pay one hundred dollars, or to deliver a horse, he has the alternative.
  Vide Election; Obligation; Alternative.
  
  

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