Synonyms of alternative in English:



  • 1 an alternative route an alternative government
    different, other, another, second, possible, substitute, replacement; deputy, relief, proxy, surrogate, cover, fill-in, stand-in; standby, emergency, reserve, backup, auxiliary, fallback; North Americanalternate
    North American informal pinch-hitting
  • 2 alternative medicine an alternative lifestyle
    unorthodox, unconventional, non-standard, unusual, uncommon, unwonted, out of the ordinary, radical, revolutionary, nonconformist, unconforming, irregular, offbeat, off-centre, avant-garde; original, new, novel, fresh; eccentric, exotic, Bohemian, idiosyncratic, abnormal, extreme, divergent, aberrant, anomalous, bizarre, outlandish, perverse
    informal off the wall, oddball, way-out, cranky, zany
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  • we have no alternative but to go an acceptable alternative to tropical hardwood
    option, choice, other possibility; substitute, replacement, proxy, reserve, surrogate, stand-in; possible course of action, resort, way out
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    Pronunciation: əˈnɒm(ə)ləs
    deviating from what is standard, normal, or expected