selection

noun se·lec·tion \ sə-ˈlek-shən \
Updated on: 10 Nov 2017

Definition of selection

1 : the act or process of selecting : the state of being selected
2 : one that is selected : choice; also : a collection of selected things
3 : a natural or artificial process that results or tends to result in the survival and propagation of some individuals or organisms but not of others with the result that the inherited traits of the survivors are perpetuated — compare darwinism, natural selection

Examples of selection in a Sentence

  1. The selection of the best poem was difficult.

  2. his selection of a running mate was a long, tedious affair

Recent Examples of selection from the Web

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First Known Use of selection

circa 1623

Synonym Discussion of selection

choice, option, alternative, preference, selection, election mean the act or opportunity of choosing or the thing chosen. choice suggests the opportunity or privilege of choosing freely.
    • freedom of choice
option implies a power to choose that is specifically granted or guaranteed.
    • the option of paying now or later
alternative implies a need to choose one and reject another possibility.
    • equally attractive alternatives
preference suggests a choice guided by one's judgment or predilections.
    • a preference for cool weather
selection implies a range of choice.
    • a varied selection of furniture
election implies an end or purpose which requires exercise of judgment.
    • doing a tax return forces certain elections on you


SELECTION Defined for English Language Learners

selection

noun

Definition of selection for English Language Learners

  • : the act of choosing something or someone from a group

  • : someone or something that is chosen from a group

  • : a collection of things chosen from a group of similar things


SELECTION Defined for Kids

selection

noun se·lec·tion \ sə-ˈlek-shən \

Definition of selection for Students

1 : the act or process of choosing
2 : something that is chosen

Medical Dictionary

selection

noun se·lec·tion \ sə-ˈlek-shən \

medical Definition of selection

: a natural or artificial process that results or tends to result in the survival and propagation of some individuals or organisms but not of others with the result that the inherited traits of the survivors are perpetuated — compare darwinism, natural selection


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