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adjective [only before noun] alternative pronunciation in British English /ɔːlˈtɜː(r)nətɪv/

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  1. 1
    different from something else and able to be used instead of it

    We are now looking for an alternative method.

    Alternative ways of getting there will be investigated.

  2. 2
    not traditional

    an alternative lifestyle

    Electricity companies were criticized for failing to develop alternative energy sources.

sandwich generation

a generation … who are balancing working life with caring for both their teenage children and elderly parents

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