alternative [ɒlˈtɜ:nətɪv]
1. adjective
   a. autre
• people will be offered alternative employment where possible d'autres emplois seront proposés lorsque cela sera possible
   b. ( = non-traditional) [medicine, therapy] parallèle
• alternative technology les technologies fpl douces
• alternative energy énergie f de substitution
2. noun
( = choice) (between two) alternative f ; (among several) choix m ; ( = solution) (only one) alternative f ; (one of several) autre solution f
• she had no alternative but to accept elle n'avait pas d'autre solution que d'accepter
• there's no alternative il n'y a pas le choix
3. compounds
► alternative consumer noun alterconsommateur m, -trice f
► alternative consumption noun alterconsommation f
* * *
[ɔːl'tɜːnətɪv] 1.
1) (specified option) (from two) alternative f, autre possibilité f; (from several) possibilité f

one alternative is... — une des possibilités serait...

the alternative is to do — l'autre possibilité serait de faire

2) (possible option) choix m

to have no alternative — ne pas avoir le choix

I chose the expensive alternative — j'ai choisi la solution chère

as an alternative to radiotherapy, you can choose... — outre la radiothérapie, vous pouvez choisir...

1) (other) [activity, career, date, flight, method, plan] autre; [accommodation, product] de remplacement; [solution] de rechange
2) (unconventional) [comedian, bookshop] also Ecology alternatif/-ive

English-French dictionary. 2013.

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