from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • n. A characteristic of something having alternative connotations, akin to the representation of choice between two or more possibilities.
  • n. A term of magma used to describe identifiable properties in an algebraic structure.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • n. The power of choosing between two alternatives, as between two courses of action; decision of character. By some writers confused with the power of ethical self-control or moral inhibition.


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  • It can lead to the creation of entirely new forms of social structure -- the coffee house or the commune -- but these have to be adopted by individuals, consolidated into subcultures, and able to survive a reactionary mainstream that is innately antagonistic to subcultures of alternativity.

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  • That impurity of alternativity is where, for me, there’s a subtle difference between what I’m imagining and the alternative section in the Glasgow Tower Records as I remember it.

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  • It’s the fact that Fopp has succeeded because it stepped outside the conventional indie record shop model of pure alternativity that intrigues me.

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