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option

noun

Synonyms and Antonyms of option

  1. 1 something that is not necessary in itself but adds to the convenience or performance of the main piece of equipment a slew of options that would add several thousand dollars to the base price of the car Synonyms of option accoutrement (or accouterment), adapter (also adaptor), add-on, adjunct, appendage, appliance, attachment, accessoryWords Related to option accompaniment, additive, complement, supplement; auxiliary, subsidiary; amenity, doodad, embroidery, extra, filler, frill, incidental, luxury, nonessential, nonnecessity; appurtenances, bells and whistles, equipment, furnishings, habiliment(s), paraphernalia, trappings; adornment, decoration, embellishment, enhancement, garnish, ornament, trim, trimmingNear Antonyms of option essential, necessity, requirement, requisite

  2. 2 the power, right, or opportunity to choose you will have the option to select one of several quite different health insurance plans Synonyms of option alternative, discretion, druthers [dialect], election, liberty, choice, pick, preference, selection, volition, wayWords Related to option determination, free will, will; say, voice, vote; inclination, liking, partiality, penchant, predilection, proclivity, propensity, tendency; discernment, judgment (or judgement), perspicacityNear Antonyms of option coercion, duress, force; duty, obligation; Hobson's choice

Synonym Discussion of option

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


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