One of the mysteries of the English language finally explained.
1In the First World War (1914–18) and the Second World War (1939–45): a conscientious objector willing to carry out compulsory service as a non-combatant. Compare "absolutist". Now historical.
2A person who practises or pursues an alternative approach or lifestyle.
Early 20th century. Partly from alternative + -ist, and partly from alternative + -ist.
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