Synonyms/Hypernyms (Ordered by Estimated Frequency) of noun alternative

1 sense of alternative

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")
       => decision making, deciding -- (the cognitive process of reaching a decision; "a good executive must be good at decision making")

Antonyms of adj alternative

3 senses of alternative

Sense 1
alternate, alternative, substitute -- (serving or used in place of another; "an alternative plan")

INDIRECT (VIA secondary) -> primary -- (of first rank or importance or value; direct and immediate rather than secondary; "primary goals"; "a primary effect"; "primary sources"; "a primary interest")

Sense 2
alternative -- (necessitating a choice between mutually exclusive possibilities; "alternative possibilities were neutrality or war")

INDIRECT (VIA disjunctive) -> conjunctive -- (serving or tending to connect)

Sense 3
alternative -- (pertaining to unconventional choices; "an alternative life style")

INDIRECT (VIA unconventional, unconventional) -> conventional -- (following accepted customs and proprieties; "conventional wisdom"; "she had strayed from the path of conventional behavior"; "conventional forms of address")
INDIRECT (VIA unconventional) -> conventional -- (unimaginative and conformist; "conventional bourgeois lives"; "conventional attitudes")

Similarity of adj alternative

3 senses of alternative

Sense 1
alternate, alternative, substitute -- (serving or used in place of another; "an alternative plan")
       => secondary (vs. primary) -- (being of second rank or importance or value; not direct or immediate; "the stone will be hauled to a secondary crusher"; "a secondary source"; "a secondary issue"; "secondary streams")

Sense 2
alternative -- (necessitating a choice between mutually exclusive possibilities; "alternative possibilities were neutrality or war")
       => disjunctive (vs. conjunctive) -- (serving or tending to divide or separate)

Sense 3
alternative -- (pertaining to unconventional choices; "an alternative life style")
       => unconventional (vs. conventional) (vs. conventional) -- (not conventional or conformist; "unconventional life styles")

2020, Cloud WordNet Browser