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alternative
as in:  alternative medicine


I’m taking the pills the doctor prescribed, but I’m also looking into alternative medicine such as acupuncture.
  non-traditional or non-standard
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  • I’m taking the pills the doctor prescribed, but I’m also looking into alternative medicine such as acupuncture.
  • The Amish lead an alternative lifestyle that limits the use of technology.
  • The Fountain School was an "alternative learning space," also known as the Hippie School.
    Sarah Dessen  --  Just Listen
  • He hopes his flight, like that of the character in the title, toward asylum (Canada, or freedom, or the company of the welcoming dead), or home, is interpreted as a radical gesture demanding change, an alternative way, a cessation of things as they are.
    Toni Morrison  --  Song of Solomon

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  • "That is your earpiece. I will give you exactly one more chance to wear it. If you remove it from your ear again, I’ll have you fitted with this." He holds up some sort of metal headgear that I instantly name the head shackle. "It’s an alternative audio unit that locks around your skull and under your chin until it’s opened with a key."
    Suzanne Collins  --  Mockingjay
  • Unlike me, she cared about the myriad pop musical distinctions: punk, indie, alternative, hard-core, emo-core.
    Gayle Forman  --  If I Stay
  • Sophie, for her part, preferred jocks and clean-cut types and hated anyone even slightly alternative.
    Sarah Dessen  --  Just Listen
  • They’re more kind of a loose rock, original songs, somewhat jokey but solidly alternative.
    Sarah Dessen  --  Just Listen
  • So when is this loose-rock-original-songs-somewhat-jokey-but-solidly-alternative band playing?
    Sarah Dessen  --  Just Listen
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