|a calculus or concretion found in the stomach or intestines of certain animals, esp. ruminants, formerly reputed to be an effective remedy for poison.|
|a children's mummer's parade, as on the Fourth of July, with prizes for the best costumes.|
|1.||the act or an instance of choosing or selecting|
|2.||the opportunity or power of choosing|
|3.||a person or thing chosen or that may be chosen: he was a possible choice|
|4.||an alternative action or possibility: what choice did I have?|
|5.||a supply from which to select: a poor choice of shoes|
|6.||of choice preferred; favourite|
|7.||of superior quality; excellent: choice wine|
|8.||carefully chosen, appropriate: a few choice words will do the trick|
|9.||vulgar or rude: choice language|
|[C13: from Old French chois, from choisir to |
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in philosophy, a corollary of the proposition of free will-i.e., the ability voluntarily to decide to perform one of several possible acts or to avoid action entirely. An ethical choice involves ascribing qualities such as right or wrong, good or bad, better or worse to alternatives.
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