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      n   choice, option, other     (of two)   preference, recourse, selection, substitute  
      adj   alternate, another, different, other, second, substitute  
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  ( alternatives    plural  )
The form alternate is sometimes used, especially in American English, instead of alternative in meanings 3, 4, and 5.     
1       n-count   If one thing is an alternativeto another, the first can be found, used, or done instead of the second.  
oft N to n  
New ways to treat arthritis may provide an alternative to painkillers.     
2       adj   An alternative plan or offer is different from the one that you already have, and can be done or used instead.  
ADJ n   (=other, alternate)  
There were alternative methods of travel available...     
3       adj   Alternative is used to describe something that is different from the usual things of its kind, or the usual ways of doing something, in modern Western society. For example, an alternative lifestyle does not follow conventional ways of living and working.  
ADJ n     (Antonym: conventional)    ...unconventional parents who embraced the alternative lifestyle of the Sixties...     
4       adj   Alternative medicine uses traditional ways of curing people, such as medicines made from plants, massage, and acupuncture.  
ADJ n  
...alternative health care.     
5       adj   Alternative energy uses natural sources of energy such as the sun, wind, or water for power and fuel, rather than oil, coal, or nuclear power.  
ADJ n  

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bitch (alternative term)
acronyme de "there is no alternative"
phrase chère jadis à Mme THATCHER reprise au G20 de novembre 2011 contre le Premier ministre grec et son référendum
find it difficult to choose between two alternatives ; feel torn between two situations
Rosalie loved Cesar and David both equally, for different reasons, and was caught between two stools
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