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The Count of Monte Cristo
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as in: an alternative plan Define
something available as another possibility
  • Dantes put his plate on the ground near the door; the jailer, as he entered, stepped on it and broke it. ... [The jailer] looked about for something to pour the soup into; Dantes’ entire dinner service consisted of one plate—there was no alternative. "Leave the saucepan," said Dantes; "you can take it away when you bring me my breakfast."
  • Should he demand an explanation from the bandits, or should he wait patiently for them to propose it? The last alternative seemed the most prudent, so he waited until twelve o’clock.

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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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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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