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choice

noun

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1 the power, right, or opportunity to choose
  • you have no choice: you have to go to the conference

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2 a person or thing that is chosen
  • my choice for best song of all time

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  • rejectee
3 individuals carefully selected as being the best of a class
  • that school accepts only the choice of the city's crop of high school students

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4 the act or power of making one's own choices or decisions
  • the prisoner had no choice but to do what he was told

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5 the act or process of selecting
  • you'll have to make a choice eventually

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choice

adjective

Synonyms & Antonyms of choice (Entry 2 of 2)

2 of the very best kind
  • thus far, the pool of applicants for the job has been less than choice

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3 singled out from a number or group as more to one's liking
  • the restaurant offers a small but choice list of wines from some of Europe's finest viticultural regions

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Frequently Asked Questions About choice

How does the noun choice contrast with its synonyms?

Some common synonyms of choice are alternative, election, option, preference, and selection. While all these words mean "the act or opportunity of choosing or the thing chosen," choice suggests the opportunity or privilege of choosing freely.

freedom of choice

When might alternative be a better fit than choice?

The words alternative and choice can be used in similar contexts, but alternative implies a need to choose one and reject another possibility.

equally attractive alternatives

When is election a more appropriate choice than choice?

Although the words election and choice have much in common, election implies an end or purpose which requires exercise of judgment.

doing a tax return forces certain elections on you

When could option be used to replace choice?

While in some cases nearly identical to choice, option implies a power to choose that is specifically granted or guaranteed.

the option of paying now or later

Where would preference be a reasonable alternative to choice?

The words preference and choice are synonyms, but do differ in nuance. Specifically, preference suggests a choice guided by one's judgment or predilections.

a preference for cool weather

When is it sensible to use selection instead of choice?

While the synonyms selection and choice are close in meaning, selection implies a range of choice.

a varied selection of furniture

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The first known use of choice was in the 13th century

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“Choice.” Merriam-Webster.com Thesaurus, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/thesaurus/choice. Accessed 28 Oct. 2020.

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