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alternative
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Middlemarch
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as in: an alternative plan Define
something available as another possibility
  • How could a man be satisfied with a decision between such alternatives and under such circumstances?
  • It would have seemed beforehand like a ridiculous piece of bad logic that he, with his unmixed resolutions of independence and his select purposes, would find himself at the very outset in the grasp of petty alternatives, each of which was repugnant to him.

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  • He had once believed that nothing would urge him into making an application for money to his uncle, but he had not then known the full pressure of alternatives yet more disagreeable.

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  • Let’s think of at least three alternatives before we decide what to do.
  • Can anyone think of a better alternative?

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unspecified meaning
  • The knock was Fred’s; and when Letty said that her father was not in yet, but that her mother was in the kitchen, Fred had no alternative.
  • He really had them, and he saw no agreeable alternative if he gave them up; besides, he had lately made a debt which galled him extremely, and old Featherstone had almost bargained to pay it off.

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  • That alternative was to apply to Mr. Bulstrode.
  • He insisted on staying in the house, and Bulstrode, weighing two sets of evils, felt that this was at least not a worse alternative than his going into the town.
  • His departure had been a proportionate disappointment, and had sadly increased her weariness of Middlemarch; but at first she had the alternative dream of pleasures in store from her intercourse with the family at Quallingham.
  • Nevertheless, though reason strangled the desire to gamble, there remained the feeling that, with an assurance of luck to the needful amount, he would have liked to gamble, rather than take the alternative which was beginning to urge itself as inevitable.
  • I have been shutting myself up and resting," said Will, feeling himself a sneak, but seeing no alternative to this evasion.

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as in: an alternative plan Define
something available as another possibility
as in: alternative medicine Define
non-traditional or non-standard
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