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alterative

[awl-tuh-rey-tiv, -ter-uh-tiv] /ˈɔl təˌreɪ tɪv, -tər ə tɪv/
adjective
1.
tending to alter.
2.
Medicine/Medical Obsolete. gradually restoring healthy bodily functions.
noun
3.
Medicine/Medical Obsolete. an alterative remedy.
Origin
1350-1400
1350-1400; Middle English < Medieval Latin alterātīvus. See alter, -ative
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  • The danger is that coal will likely appear to be the cheapest alterative.
British Dictionary definitions for alterative

alterative

/ˈɔːltərətɪv/
adjective
1.
likely or able to produce alteration
2.
(obsolete) (of a drug) able to restore normal health
noun
3.
(obsolete) a drug that restores normal health
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