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Adjective alternative has 3 senses
  1. alternate, alternative - allowing a choice; "an alternative plan"
    Antonym: primary (indirect, via secondary)
  2. alternative, mutually exclusive - necessitating a choice between mutually exclusive possibilities; "`either' and `or' in `either this or that'"
    Antonym: conjunctive (indirect, via disjunctive)
  3. alternative - pertaining to unconventional choices; "an alternative life style"
    conventional (indirect, via unconventional)
    Antonym: conventional (indirect, via unconventional)
Noun alternative has 1 sense
  1. option, alternative, choice - one of a number of things from which only one can be chosen; "what option did I have?"; "there no other alternative"; "my only choice is to refuse"
    --1 is a kind of decision making, deciding
    --1 has particulars:
     obverse; preference, druthers; default option, default; possibility, possible action, opening; impossibility, impossible action; Hobson's choice; soft option
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