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selection

noun

Synonyms and Antonyms of selection

  1. 1 the act or process of selecting his selection of a running mate was a long, tedious affair Synonyms of selection choice, choosing, election, picking, selecting Words Related to selection option; appointment, assignment, designation, naming, nomination; decision

  2. 2 a person or thing that is chosen our selection was the third entrant in the dog show Synonyms of selection bet, chosen, pick, choiceWords Related to selection favorite, like, liking, preference; elective, option; appointment, designation, nomination; appointee, candidate, nominee, selectee; preselectionAntonyms of selection rejectee

  3. 3 the power, right, or opportunity to choose the inn's table d'hôte is excellent, but there's very limited selection Synonyms of selection alternative, discretion, druthers [dialect], election, liberty, option, pick, preference, choice, volition, wayWords Related to selection determination, free will, will; say, voice, vote; inclination, liking, partiality, penchant, predilection, proclivity, propensity, tendency; discernment, judgment (or judgement), perspicacityNear Antonyms of selection coercion, duress, force; duty, obligation; Hobson's choice

  4. 4 a number of things selected from a group to stand for the whole a selection of the company's latest line of products for display at the trade show Synonyms of selection cross section, sampler, sampling, sample, sliceWords Related to selection case, example, exemplar, exemplification, illustration, instance, representative, specimen; archetype, classic, locus classicus, paradigm, prototype; microcosm

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


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