al·ter·na·tive 1 /ȯl-'tər-nə-tiv, al-/ adj1: alternate (1)2: offering or expressing a choice3: existing or functioning outside the established system; also: different from the usual or conventionalalternative sentencingalternative 2 n1: a proposition or situation offering a choice between two or more things only one of which may be chosen2 a: one of two or more things, courses, or propositions to be chosenb: something which can be chosen insteadin the alternative1: for or as an alternativeasked for specific performance, or in the alternative, damages of $20,000a new trial may be asked for in the alternative2: in such a way that offers a choicerelief in the alternative...may be demanded — Federal Rules of Civil Procedure Rule 8(a)plead in the alternative
Merriam-Webster’s Dictionary of Law. Merriam-Webster. 1996.
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
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
call (option), cover (substitute), elective (selective), expedient, loophole, option (choice), plan, replacement, secondary, stopgap, substitute, vicarious (substitutional)
Burton's Legal Thesaurus. William C. Burton. 2006