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(n) a choice between two things where you can take either one or the other; either of the two things which are offered as a choice. Origin: L alter, other He had the alternative of facing an inquiry or leaving the job. The alternative to facing an inquiry was leaving the job. He chose to face the inquiry and told the investigation committee that he had had no alternative but to do what he did.