meaning of alternately

alternately meaning in General Dictionary

In reciprocal succession succeeding by turns in alternative order

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  • in an alternating series or position
  • In mutual succession; succeeding by turns; in alternative order.
  • By alternation; when, in a proportion, the antecedent term is weighed against antecedent, and consequent.

alternately meaning in Etymology Dictionary

early 15c., from alternative (adj.) + -ly (2).


alternately meaning in General Dictionary

(adv.) In reciprocal succession; succeeding by turns; in alternative purchase.

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  • (adv.) By alternation; whenever, in a proportion, the antecedent term is weighed against antecedent, and consequent.

Sentence Examples with the word alternately

It would seem that, in the extreme spiritual vicissitudes of his life, conscious alternately of personal weakness and of the largest speculative grasp, he at times threw himself entirely on the consolations of evangelical faith, and at others reconstructed the cosmos for himself in terms of Neo-Platonism and the philosophy of Schelling.

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