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I need a word for: an item that can be substituted for another due to that item not being readily available...OR

what is the word for something that is used as a substitute while in a bind?

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    Substitute seems to fit perfectly (or maybe alternative). Can you elaborate why the word you used yourself doesn't fit your purpose? – oerkelens May 4 at 7:44
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The word you can use is: Substitute

Substitute (n) : a person or thing that takes the place or function of another

Link for the same: Meaning of substitute in Merriam Webster

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Off the top of my head, I'd say "replacement"; however, I'm now intrigued by the word "bined" at the end of the query. I wonder if the asker meant "in a bind". https://www.wordreference.com/es/translation.asp?tranword=in%20a%20bind

  • Yes, it's probably just a misspelling of bind. I edited the question accordingly. – Anonymous May 4 at 13:07
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Some synonyms for "substitute" that also express it is not the genuine item:

Alternative
Surrogate (often used for persons)
Ersatz

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