a choice limited to one of two or more possibilities, as of things, propositions, or courses of action, the selection of which precludes any other possibility:You have the alternative of riding or walking.
one of the things, propositions, or courses of action that can be chosen:The alternative to riding is walking.
a possible or remaining course or choice:There was no alternative but to walk.
affording a choice of two or more things, propositions, or courses of action.
(of two things, propositions, or courses) mutually exclusive so that if one is chosen the other must be rejected:The alternative possibilities are neutrality and war.
employing or following nontraditional or unconventional ideas, methods, etc.; existing outside the establishment:an alternative newspaper; alternative lifestyles.
Philosophy[Logic.](of a proposition) asserting two or more choices, at least one of which is true.
a possibility of choice, esp between two things, courses of action, etc
either of such choices: we took the alternative of walking
presenting a choice, esp between two possibilities only
(of two things) mutually exclusive
denoting a lifestyle, culture, art form, etc, regarded by its adherents as preferable to that of contemporary society because it is less conventional, materialistic, or institutionalized, and, often, more in harmony with nature