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Legal Definition and Related Resources of Alternate

Meaning of Alternate

Synonyms of Alternate

(Fluctuate), verb

  • be periodic
  • be unsettled
  • oscillate
  • pendulate
  • show indecision
  • vacillate
  • vary
  • waver

(Take turns), verb

  • act interchangeably
  • alternare
  • altemer
  • change by alternation
  • follow one another interchangeably
  • follow one another reciprocally
  • interchange
  • interchange regularly
  • interchange successively
  • perform by turns
  • perform reciprocally
  • perform responsively
  • permute
  • substitute
  • switch
  • Associated Concepts: alternate causes of action
  • pleading in the alternate

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Alternate in Historical Law

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Legal Abbreviations and Acronyms

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What does Alternate mean in American Law?

The definition of Alternate in the law of the United States, as defined by the lexicographer Arthur Leff in his legal dictionary is:

To alternate ( ) is to choose first from one group of things or options, then from another, then from the first, etc., e.g., “It is ordered that the police department alternate in hiring between white and non-white applicants until all available positions are filled.”

An alternate ( ) is a person chosen to replace or stand in for the regular holder of some position if he becomes unable to serve, e.g., an “alternate juror” who is chosen to sit with the jury and function in place of a regular juror should he have to be discharged, e.g., because of illness, prior to the jury’s decision.


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Meaning of Alternate in Political Science

A very basic notion of Alternate related to the United States’election law is provided here: Someone who is appointed to substitute for a delegate at a political convention


This term is a noun.

Etimology of Alternate

(You may find alternate at the world legal encyclopedia and the etimology of more terms).

1718, “that which alternates (with anything else),” from alternate (adj.). Meaning “a substitute, one authorized to take the place of another,” especially in political bodies, is first attested 1848.


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