英 [ɔːl'tɜːnətɪv; ɒl-]
- adj. 供选择的；选择性的；交替的
- n. 二中择一；供替代的选择
CET4 TEM4 IELTS 考 研 TOEFL CET6
1. altern- + -ative.
2. => offering one or the other of two.
3. Alternate means "by turns;" alternative means "offering a choice." Both imply two kinds or things.
- alternative (adj.)
- 1580s, "offering one or the other of two," from Medieval Latin alternativus, from Latin alternatus, past participle of alternare (see alternate (v.)). Meaning "purporting to be a superior choice to what is in general use" was current by 1970 (earliest reference is to the media). Alternative energy is from 1975. Related: Alternatively.
- alternative (n.)
- 1620s, in rhetoric, from Medieval Latin alternativus (see alternative (adj.)). Of courses of action, from 1814. Of objects, etc., "the other of two which may be chosen," by 1838.
- 1. New ways to treat arthritis may provide an alternative to painkillers.
- 2. It seems clear that he has no reasonable alternative.
- 3. There may be alternative methods of substantiation other than written records.
- 4. Is there an alternative to traction for a broken leg?
- 5. I was interested in alternative medicine and becoming an aromatherapist.
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