The only alternative, she appeared to believe, was death.
In the design of languages and other software tools, `the fascist alternative' is the most restrictive and structured way of capturing a particular function; the implication is that this may be desirable in order to simplify the implementation or provide tighter error checking.
The alternative, Breandan fighting three fairies singlehanded, was not an option.
It hadn't seemed like a good idea at the time, but the alternative was the awesomely craptacular job-market, and so he'd signed it.
But there in the waning years of the twenty-first century, the only alternative he could see was the life of a parasite.
For the interpretation of dreams this rule holds good: When analysis discloses uncertainty, as to either--or read and, taking each section of the apparent alternatives as a separate outlet for a series of impressions.
The alternative remained--a night attack.
A choice may be among many things; an alternative is in the strictest sense a choice between two things; oftener it is one of two things between which a choice is to be made, and either of which is the alternative of the other; as, the alternative of surrender is death; or the two things between which there is a choice may be called the alternatives; both Mill and Gladstone are quoted as extending the meaning of alternative to include several particulars, Gladstone even speaking of "the fourth and last of these alternatives."