Synonyms of alternative in English:

alternative


See definition of alternative

adjective

1‘an alternative route’

SYNONYMS

different, other, another, second, possible, substitute, replacement

deputy, relief, proxy, surrogate, cover, fill-in, stand-in

standby, emergency, reserve, backup, auxiliary, fallback

North American alternate

North American informal pinch-hitting

2‘alternative medicine’

SYNONYMS

unorthodox, unconventional, non-standard, unusual, uncommon, unwonted, out of the ordinary, radical, revolutionary, nonconformist, unconforming, irregular, offbeat, off-centre, avant-garde

original, new, novel, fresh

eccentric, exotic, Bohemian, idiosyncratic, abnormal, extreme, divergent, aberrant, anomalous, bizarre, outlandish, perverse

informal off the wall, oddball, way-out, cranky, zany

rare heteroclite


noun

1‘we have no alternative but to go’

SYNONYMS

option, choice, other possibility

substitute, replacement, proxy, reserve, surrogate, stand-in

possible course of action, resort, way out