al·ter·na·tive 1 /ȯl-'tər-nə-tiv, al-/ adj
1: alternate (1)
2: offering or expressing a choice
an alternative contract see also alternative pleading at pleading 1b
3: existing or functioning outside the established system; also: different from the usual or conventional
alternative sentencing
alternative 2 n
1: a proposition or situation offering a choice between two or more things only one of which may be chosen
2 a: one of two or more things, courses, or propositions to be chosen
b: something which can be chosen instead
in the alternative
1: for or as an alternative
asked for specific performance, or in the alternative, damages of $20,000
a new trial may be asked for in the alternative
2: in such a way that offers a choice
relief in the alternative...may be demandedFederal Rules of Civil Procedure Rule 8(a)
plead in the alternative

Merriam-Webster’s Dictionary of Law. . 1996.

I (option) noun alternate choice, choice, conclusion, decision, determination, discernment, discretion, discrimination, distinction, election, embracement, espousal, free selection, judgment, pick, recourse, remaining course, selection, voluntary decision associated concepts: alternative conditions II (substitute) noun change, other choice, replacement, succedaneum, superseder, supplanter associated concepts: alternative conditions, alternative contract, alternative covenant, alternative judgment, alternative legacy, alternative obligation, alternative plea, alternative pleading, alternative relief, alternative remedies, alternative writs III index call (option), cover (substitute), elective (selective), expedient, loophole, option (choice), plan, replacement, secondary, stopgap, substitute, vicarious (substitutional)

Burton's Legal Thesaurus. . 2006

(between two things), (of two)

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