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Pronunciation: /ɔːlˈtɜːrnətɪv; ɔːlˈtɜːnətɪv/

Translation of alternative in Spanish:


(before noun/delante del nombre)
  • 1.1 (other) an alternative plan/method otro plan/método, un plan/método diferente they offered her alternative accommodation le ofrecieron alojamiento en otro sitio I know an alternative route yo conozco otro camino
    Example sentences
    • Can you talk about how and why it was humanism that triumphed over alternative possibilities?
    • In recent years several sites have been examined as a possible alternative home for the Abbey.
    • It is perfectly possible that an alternative government would overturn a hunting ban.
    1.2 (progressive, radical) [lifestyle/theatre/medicine] alternativo
    Example sentences
    • Look at some of the most experimental alternative music going around at the moment.
    • Both traditional doctors and alternative therapists work to the best of their ability in any given situation.
    • Bizarrely, it completely omits any reference to alternative lifestyles or kinks of any kind.


  • alternativa (feminine) you have no (other) alternative but to resign no te queda otra alternativa que dimitir he chose the alternative of renting a car optó por alquilar un cochealternative to sth/-ing there are alternatives to flying volar no es la única forma de viajar

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Spain's 1978 Constitution granted areas of competence competencias to each of the autonomous regions it created. It also established that these could be modified by agreements, called estatutos de autonomía or just estatutos, between central government and each of the autonomous regions. The latter do not affect the competencias of central government which controls the army, etc. For example, Navarre, the Basque Country and Catalonia have their own police forces and health services, and collect taxes on behalf of central government. Navarre has its own civil law system, fueros, and can levy taxes which are different to those in the rest of Spain. In 2006, Andalusia, Valencia and Catalonia renegotiated their estatutos. The Catalan Estatut was particularly contentious.