Definition of alternatively in English:


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sentence adverb
  • As another option or possibility.

    ‘alternatively, you may telephone us direct’
    • ‘The Parliament may, alternatively, within three months propose amendments by an absolute majority of its component members.’
    • ‘Your working day may not feel like such a slog if you don't hate your job, or alternatively you may find two enjoyable part-time gigs will fit the bill.’
    • ‘He asked the mayor to consider either running both Crossrail and District Line trains on the same track or alternatively extending the existing line to Kingston.’
    • ‘You could think of it as techno that would like to be a bit hipper, or alternatively house music that would like to be taken a bit more seriously; either way, it can only be a good thing.’
    • ‘It is not even compulsory to be able to speak English - alternatively, they could demonstrate their aptitude in Welsh or Scottish Gaelic.’
    • ‘They present philosophy as the practice of visiting a museum of ideas and feeling a sense of awe, or alternatively using philosophy as a means of personal therapy.’
    • ‘Please, can you either relax the rules so that we can move stock a little easier or alternatively provide enough staff to cope with the regulations you have imposed.’
    • ‘Surely it is possible for smokers to visit a cinema or theatre for an hour or two and then light up in an interval in a smoking area or alternatively wait until the end of the performance.’
    • ‘He alternatively encourages residents with any concerns to speak to the Ilkley parish councillor who represents their part of the parish.’
    • ‘He would reimburse them for the test, provided he was also sent the result or alternatively he would carry out a re-immunisation free of charge.’
    • ‘If you win the lottery, try some freshly grated truffle - alternatively, try truffle paste or even a tiny drizzle of truffle oil.’
    • ‘Get real, I say, and properly punish these people or alternatively disqualify them from driving if they can't pay.’
    • ‘If they do overlap, they will not know which one to choose and so will arbitrarily select one or the other or alternatively may tick both answers.’
    • ‘They will have bought the land, or alternatively a builder may well cover the cost of land purchase in his quote for building the property.’
    • ‘He may, alternatively, ask the Criminal Cases Review Committee to refer the case to the Court of Appeal, she said.’
    • ‘I'll try to get a recording of it, and alternatively it is repeated in a podcast for a week, so I'll post up the link of that tomorrow.’
    • ‘All of these cost the NHS money, and could be avoided, or, alternatively, could be covered by insurance.’
    • ‘In fact, they are scheming and cheating to get through it, or alternatively, are depressed and dissatisfied.’
    • ‘I'd have to say I was content with the status quo or, alternatively, that I wanted change.’
    • ‘We would then be in a position to put buyers and sellers together or, alternatively, arrange periodic video sales.’
    on the other hand, as an alternative, or, as another option, as a substitute, as a replacement
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/ôlˈtərnədivlē/ /ɔlˈtərnədɪvli/