selection

noun
se·​lec·​tion | \ sə-ˈlek-shən \

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

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Choose the Right Synonym for 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

Examples of selection in a Sentence

The selection of the best poem was difficult. his selection of a running mate was a long, tedious affair

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President Trump’s best achievement has arguably been judicial selection. The Editorial Board, WSJ, "A Bad Judges Deal," 29 Jan. 2019 Sure, there's the usual selection of open world adventures and slick action games. Kyle Orland, Ars Technica, "Ars Technica’s best games of 2018," 24 Dec. 2018 The result is a wide-ranging selection of light and neutrals as well as both muted and more saturated colors that are versatile and approachable. Maggie Burch, House Beautiful, "This New Company Is Cutting Out The Annoying Parts Of Painting We’ve Just Come To Accept As Normal," 6 Dec. 2018 There wasn't much selection and the prices were stiff. Ezra Dyer, Popular Mechanics, "I Rented an RV and It Worked Out Great," 16 Nov. 2018 There is a really solid beer selection and the bartenders, who are blasting punk music, could not be nicer. Annemarie Conte, Woman's Day, "'I Took a Surprise Vacation and Finally Gave Up Some Control'," 8 Nov. 2018 There's a large selection of dairy-free coffee drinks and dairy-free fruit smoothies without added sugar; there are also 12 types of conventional coffee. Katie Lockhart, Condé Nast Traveler, "11 Best Places For Coffee in Bangkok," 18 Oct. 2018 Burning is South Korea’s selection for 2019’s Foreign Language Oscar category. Jacob Kastrenakes, The Verge, "New trailers: Creed II, Dark Phoenix, Fantastic Beasts, and more," 29 Sep. 2018 Was $30, Now $25 (Shop Now) Check out the rest of the selection (spanning over 100 different products) over on Macys.com, and get your deals in before the sale ends on September 24. Tanisha Pina, Allure, "The Best Beauty Deals From the Macy's Fall VIP Sale," 21 Sep. 2018

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First Known Use of selection

circa 1623, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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The first known use of selection was circa 1623

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selection

noun

English Language Learners Definition of selection

: 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

noun
se·​lec·​tion | \ sə-ˈlek-shən \

Kids Definition of selection

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

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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