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as in: an alternative plan Define
something available as another possibility
  • 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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  • Alternatively, we could pack for a picnic and eat in the park.
  • Elizabeth, feeling really anxious, was determined to go to her, though the carriage was not to be had; and as she was no horsewoman, walking was her only alternative.
    Jane Austen  --  Pride and Prejudice
  • "And as for the man who advised forming this camp—the Drissa camp," said Paulucci, ... "I see no alternative but the lunatic asylum or the gallows!"
    Leo Tolstoy  --  War and Peace
  • This flood of tears left Mr. Sowerberry no alternative. If he had hesitated for one instant to punish Oliver most severely, it must be quite clear to every experienced reader that he would have been, according to all precedents in disputes of matrimony established, a brute, an unnatural husband, an insulting creature, a base imitation of a man, and...
    Charles Dickens  --  Oliver Twist
  • There is no alternative, I assure you.
    Arthur Conan Doyle  --  The Hound of the Baskervilles
  • 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."
    Alexandre Dumas  --  The Count of Monte Cristo
  • He said: "Got any alternative theory?"
    Agatha Christie  --  And Then There Were None
  • In which case, the name of another architect, one Gordon L. Prescott, has been mentioned most favorably as an alternative.
    Ayn Rand  --  The Fountainhead

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  • The men were perfectly content to fly as many missions as we asked as long as they thought they had no alternative.
    Joseph Heller  --  Catch-22
  • [referring to the exam paper]  Bring it here, please. It was a very dirty trick, but I went over and brought it over to him—I didn’t have any alternative or anything.
    J.D. Salinger  --  The Catcher in the Rye
  • [regarding Saunière’s murder]  "Consider the alternative. Something had to be done. Shall the world be ignorant forever?"
    Dan Brown  --  The Da Vinci Code
  • "So even Peter might be a better alternative."
    "Once you realize that power will always end up with the sort of people who crave it, I think that there are worse people who could have it than Peter."
    Orson Scott Card  --  Ender’s Game
  • But many copies contain the true account (as an alternative), derived no doubt from notes by Frodo or Samwise, both of whom learned the truth, though they seem to have been unwilling to delete anything actually written by the old hobbit himself.
    J.R.R. Tolkien  --  The Fellowship of the Ring
  • There was no alternative. [when Harry sacrificed Ron to win the chess game]
    J.K. Rowling  --  Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone
  • Harry had never known so many people to put their names down to stay at Hogwarts for Christmas; he always did, of course, because the alternative was usually going back to Privet Drive, but he had always been very much in the minority before now.
    J.K. Rowling  --  Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire
  • I spent that day mostly in the woods, having the alternative before me,—to go home and be whipped to death, or stay in the woods and be starved to death.
    Frederick Douglass  --  The Narrative of the Life of Frederick Douglass
  • I gave myself leave, to consider the other alternative; that my appeal was successful. And then the trouble was to calm down that sudden rush of joy racing through my body and even bringing tears to my eyes.
    Albert Camus  --  The Stranger
  • "Good heavens!" said Mr. Bunting, hesitating between two horrible alternatives.
    H.G. Wells  --  The Invisible Man
  • I actually aspired to cowardice, because the alternative, the real reason I was running, was that Assef was right: Nothing was free in this world.
    Khaled Hosseini  --  The Kite Runner
  • They did not submit to the obvious alternative, which was simply to close the eyes and fall. So easy, really. Go limp and tumble to the ground and let the muscles unwind and not speak and not budge until your buddies picked you up and lifted you into the chopper that would roar and dip its nose and carry you off to the world.
    Tim O’Brien  --  The Things They Carried
  • You gave me two alternatives that you could live with, and I chose the one that I could live with. That’s how compromise is supposed to work.
    Stephenie Meyer  --  Eclipse
  • It wasn’t until the third holding pattern southwest of Kennedy Airport that Klotz told ATC that he didn’t think the plane had enough fuel to reach an alternative airport.
    Malcolm Gladwell  --  Outliers
  • The alternative wasn’t good either, of course.
    Sarah Dessen  --  Just Listen
  • Though he still didn’t like me in the house if he wasn’t there, he nonetheless allowed me to come in. I knew that part of the reason had to do with the fact that he didn’t want Jamie to get chilled by sitting on the porch, and the only other alternative was to wait at the house while I was there. But I think Hegbert needed some time alone, too, and that was the real reason for the change.
    Nicholas Sparks  --  A Walk to Remember
  • It’s risky business — Peeta may end up losing his leg — but when I weigh this against him losing his life, what alternative do I have? I bandage the wound in the rest of my shirt and lay down with him.
    Suzanne Collins  --  The Hunger Games
  • Of course, we had then no alternative but to accept.
    Bram Stoker  --  Dracula
  • But you’re right, there are legal alternatives.
    Barbara Kingsolver  --  The Bean Trees
  • The accepted opinion was that Saddam had a mobile spinning program which could not easily be found, and in fact could be either lost and buried in the desert or alternatively driven across the border into Syria or even Jordan.
    Marcus Luttrell  --  Lone Survivor
  • Phrase alternatives as questions: Instead of "I think we should do A, not B," try "What if we did A, instead of B?"
    Randy Pausch  --  The Last Lecture
  • Of course the alternative was Tateh would pull his belt off and skin you alive.
    James McBride  --  The Color of Water
  • And if marriage was not achieved, there were alternative roles: teacher, librarian, or…well, something intelligent and public-spirited.
    Toni Morrison  --  Song of Solomon
  • It felt like such a stupid thing to say, so obvious, but there seemed little alternative.
    Markus Zusak  --  The Book Thief
  • "But all right," went on the rumblings, "so what’s the alternative?"
    Douglas Adams  --  The Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy
  • Mother’s reasons for saving me were as complicated as fate itself, I suppose. Among other things, her alternatives were limited.
    Barbara Kingsolver  --  The Poisonwood Bible
  • There were also a special few with energetic fathers who were expecting appointments to Annapolis or West Point or the Coast Guard Academy or even—this alternative had been unexpectedly stumbled on—the Merchant Marine Academy.
    John Knowles  --  A Separate Peace
  • Three pages outlining the idea, the details, and the lie. Which was that a hard working and respected colored maid has agreed to let me interview her and describe in specifics what it’s like to work for the white women of our town. Weighing it against the alternative, that I planned to ask a colored woman for help, saying she’d already agreed to it seemed infinitely more attractive.
    Kathryn Stockett  --  The Help
  • I don’t have a talent, unless you count hunting illegally, which they don’t. Or maybe singing, which I wouldn’t do for the Capitol in a million years. My mother tried to interest me in a variety of suitable alternatives from a list Effie Trinket sent her. Cooking, flower arranging, playing the flute.
    Suzanne Collins  --  Catching Fire
  • A twenty-year commitment to the Peacekeepers, no marriage, no children allowed. Some buy into it for the honor of the thing, others take it on as an alternative to punishment.
    Suzanne Collins  --  Mockingjay
  • It’s not like we had a lot of alternatives.
    Sara Gruen  --  Water for Elephants
  • During the peak of the Vietnam War, he volunteered for the Army in logistics as an alternative to being drafted and sent to the front lines like many of his friends.
    Wes Moore  --  The Other Wes Moore
  • If the bear did not turn and run, that left only one alternative.
    Ben Mikaeslen  --  Touching Spirit Bear
  • When she was close, we spoke of Tim’s condition, of skin cancer in general, the specifics of possible alternative treatments.
    Nicholas Sparks  --  Dear John
  • When the alternative is death, blood drinking doesn’t seem so bad.
    P.C. Cast & Kristin Cast  --  Marked
  • I’m only helping you because you stole my memories and you’re better than the alternative.
    Rick Riordan  --  The Lost Hero
  • Then, she took me down to the import section and told me about "real" alternative music.
    Stephen Chbosky  --  The Perks of Being a Wallflower
  • Despite the alternative, despite knowing that if they hadn’t tried to escape, all of them might’ve died, it still hurt, even though he hadn’t known them very well.
    James Dashner  --  The Maze Runner
  • They could lower the gear and extend the flaps with hand pumps, but there was no manual alternative to hydraulic brakes.
    Laura Hillenbrand  --  Unbroken
  • She had to get over me because there was no alternative.
    John Corey Whaley  --  Nogin
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as in: alternative medicine Define
non-traditional or non-standard
  • 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.

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  • 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
  • "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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  • ’I have no alternative but to do so,’ replied Nicholas.
    Charles Dickens  --  Nicholas Nickleby
  • "At the last minute?" he echoed, betraying his surprise that she should ever have considered the alternative possible.
    Edith Wharton  --  The Age of Innocence

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  • What alternative occurred to you?
    Ayn Rand  --  Atlas Shrugged
  • The thought of approaching the Supervisor directly filled him with dismay, but there seemed no alternative.
    Arthur C. Clarke  --  Childhood’s End
  • It is to see a plan of the most exquisite treachery: to make Leto exchange Caladan for Dune — and without alternative because the Emperor orders it.
    Frank Herbert  --  Dune
  • ’But naturally, you would not care how many times you heard from a witness, if the alternative was a serious miscarriage of justice,’ said Dumbledore.
    J.K. Rowling  --  Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix
  • We’re choosing to break it early, because the alternative is waiting for You-Know-Who to come and seize you the moment you turn seventeen.
    J.K. Rowling  --  Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows
  • Meanwhile, as October advanced she had to face the alternative of returning to the Trenors or joining her aunt in town.
    Edith Wharton  --  The House of Mirth
  • We learned the times tables without understanding their grand principle, simply because we had the capacity and no alternative.
    Maya Angelou  --  I Know Why the Caged Bird Sings
  • Perhaps the alternative may not be less so.
    James Fenimore Cooper  --  The Last of the Mohicans

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  • It was an alternative worth considering, but upon reflection we both realized that it would alert Moody to the fact that I had secret friends.
    Betty Mahmoody  --  Not Without My Daughter
  • It had passed through his mind to reply, "I expect I shall make myself cheap," but he rejected this as the less courteous alternative.
    E.M. Forster  --  A Passage to India
  • It is possible that Harry will one day be led to this latter alternative.
    Hermann Hesse  --  Steppenwolf
  • So court is the alternative if I don’t agree to your demands?
    Stephen King  --  Carrie
  • There were moments during the next seventy-two hours when the man called Jean-Pierre thought the alternative of financial appeasement was warranted.
    Robert Ludlum  --  The Bourne Identity
  • There’s really no alternative, you know.
    Robert Ludlum  --  The Bourne Supremacy
  • I was gripped in a sudden agony of despair as I considered that alternative.
    Stephenie Meyer  --  Twilight
  • On the other hand, look at the alternative.
    Robert Ludlum  --  The Bourne Ultimatum
  • I was not about to leave them in my cabin all day; and the only alternative was to turn them over to Ship’s Security before I reported for duty.
    Roger Zelazny  --  My Name is Legion
  • You’ve been offered an alternative?
    Roger Zelazny  --  Nine Princes in Amber
  • He was asleep but the visit was more than a dream and less than the alternative reality of the OCS:HTN sims.
    Dan Simmons  --  Hyperion
  • I know, but what alternative do I have?
    Christopher Paolini  --  Eldest
  • She might play tough with him, but she could hardly blame him for his alternative exploits.
    Ted Dekker  --  Black: The Birth of Evil
  • As much as he disliked the thought of being hit in the head, he saw no alternative.
    Ted Dekker  --  Red: The Heroic Rescue
  • And our alternative is what?
    Ted Dekker  --  White: The Great Pursuit
  • But the alternative was worse.
    D.J. Machale  --  The Merchant of Death
  • The other alternative, Bailey, is that you are not perfect.
    Robert Cormier  --  The Chocolate War
  • As the river has found the only possible way through this ferociously formidable knot of mountains, there is no alternative but to follow it.
    Greg Mortenson & David Oliver Relin  --  Three Cups of Tea
  • She didn’t have to plan an alternative route to avoid gangs in the school hallway.
    Sandra Cisneros  --  The House on Mango Street
  • Is that the future that we’ve mapped out for ourselves? I swear it’s the only alternative I can think of!
    Tennessee Williams  --  The Glass Menagerie
  • But that is not the alternative.
    George Bernard Shaw  --  Mrs. Warren’s Profession
  • Even if they are, the only alternative was to stay out of it and perish.
    James Hilton  --  Lost Horizon
  • The alternative was death for herself.
    Zane Grey  --  The Border Legion
  • There was no alternative, and her misgivings only made matters worse.
    Zane Grey  --  The Call of the Canyon
  • No alternative was discussed.
    Stieg Larsson  --  The Girl Who Played with Fire
  • Zalachenko would grieve for his son, but the alternative was worse.
    Stieg Larsson  --  The Girl Who Kicked the Hornet’s Nest
  • It was just too embarrassing to consider the alternative.
    Stephenie Meyer  --  Breaking Dawn
  • The alternative was simply an impossibility.
    Ted Dekker  --  BoneMan’s Daughters
  • The alternative is death and I don’t want it.
    Jay Allison, et al.  --  This I Believe II
  • Having no alternative, Fiver accompanied Hazel and Bigwig to the burrow where Hazel had spent the previous night.
    Richard Adams  --  Watership Down
  • In the South, Calhoun was writing to a friend in February of 1850, "Disunion is the only alternative that is left for us."
    John F. Kennedy  --  Profiles in Courage
  • A good alternative is the roadside restaurant where men gather for breakfast before going to work or going hunting.
    John Steinbeck  --  Travels with Charley
  • Or fiddle around—second alternative—let the fires die slowly, arrange for what’s called Serious Talks.
    John Gardner  --  The Sunlight Dialogues
  • I wasn’t too excited about the alternative.
    Alexs Pate  --  Amistad
  • "Of course I can take alternative forms," said Mr. Sikes, "but I hardly think the two available to me are cause for alarm."
    Henry H. Neff  --  The Second Siege
  • He’d already borrowed a longsword from the Red Branch’s treasury as a less dangerous alternative to the gae bolga.
    Henry H. Neff  --  The Maelstrom
  • He didn’t particularly enjoy getting roughed up, but the alternative was to cower and beg, which he couldn’t lower himself to do.
    Carl Hiassen  --  Hoot
  • I wanted exclusive and upper class (none of those stupid "alternative academies" that were really just holding pens for future criminals—ugh).
    P.C. Cast & Kristin Cast  --  Betrayed
  • This was so totally alternative universe.
    Alex Flinn  --  Beastly
  • I’m afraid your only alternative is to have the certificate read ’Baby Boy Ganguli.’
    Jhumpa Lahiri  --  The Namesake
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