alternatively, there is an informal proposal to set up a special inquiry into atrocities in Syria.
alternatively, they argue, she could become a lady-in-waiting to her sister and step inside the protective caress of the Palace.
alternatively, one can consult facts—and it's no wonder, when you do, why Berman and Davenport don't mention any numbers.
1580s, "offering one or the other of two," from Medieval Latin alternativus, from Latin alternatus, past participle of alternare (see alternate (v.)). Meaning "purporting to be a superior choice to what is in general use" was current by 1970 (earliest reference is to the media); e.g. alternative energy (1975). Related: Alternatively.
1620s, in rhetoric, from Medieval Latin alternativus (see alternative (adj.)). Of courses of action, from 1814. Of objects, etc., "the other of two which may be chosen," by 1838.