alterative

[awl-tuh-rey-tiv, -ter-uh-tiv]
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; Middle English < Medieval Latin alterātīvus. See alter, -ative

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alterative (ˈɔːltərətɪv)
 
adj
1.  likely or able to produce alteration
2.  obsolete (of a drug) able to restore normal health
 
n
3.  obsolete a drug that restores normal health

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The danger is that coal will likely appear to be the cheapest alterative.
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