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alternative British & World English

(Of one or more things) available as another possibility or choice

alternative English Thesaurus

an alternative route

alternative comedy British & World English

A style of comedy rejecting established (especially racist or sexist) stereotypes and sometimes having a political component

alternative energy British & World English

Energy fuelled in ways that do not use up the earth’s natural resources or otherwise harm the environment, especially by avoiding the use of fossil fuels or nuclear power

alternative fuel British & World English

A fuel other than petrol or diesel for powering motor vehicles, such as natural gas, methanol, or electricity

alternative vote British & World English

An electoral system whereby voters rank candidates in order of preference. In the event that one candidate fails to achieve a sufficient majority, the candidate with the fewest number of first-preference rankings is eliminated and these votes redistributed, the process being repeated until one candidate achieves the required majority

alternative medicine British & World English

Any of a range of medical therapies that are not regarded as orthodox by the medical profession, such as herbalism, naturopathy, and crystal healing

Alternative Service Book British & World English

A book containing the public liturgy of the Church of England published in 1980 for use as the alternative to the Book of Common Prayer

alternative dispute resolution British & World English

The use of methods such as mediation or arbitration to resolve a dispute without resort to litigation

AIM British & World English

Alternative Investment Market (a subsidiary market of the London Stock Exchange that allows small companies to be traded without the expense of a full market listing)