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choice

[chois] /tʃɔɪs/
noun
1.
an act or instance of choosing; selection:
Her choice of a computer was made after months of research. His parents were not happy with his choice of friends.
2.
the right, power, or opportunity to choose; option:
The child had no choice about going to school.
3.
the person or thing chosen or eligible to be chosen:
This book is my choice. He is one of many choices for the award.
4.
an alternative:
There is another choice.
5.
an abundance or variety from which to choose:
a wide choice of candidates.
6.
something that is preferred or preferable to others; the best part of something:
Mare's Nest is the choice in the sixth race.
7.
a carefully selected supply:
This restaurant has a fine choice of wines.
8.
a choice grade of beef.
adjective, choicer, choicest.
9.
worthy of being chosen; excellent; superior.
10.
carefully selected:
choice words.
11.
(in the grading of beef in the U.S.) rated between prime and good.
Idioms
12.
of choice, that is generally preferred:
A detached house is still the home of choice.
Origin
1250-1300
1250-1300; Middle English chois < Old French, derivative of choisir to perceive, choose < Germanic; see choose
Related forms
choiceless, adjective
choicely, adverb
choiceness, noun
prechoice, noun
Synonyms
2. Choice, alternative, option, preference all suggest the power of choosing between things. Choice implies the opportunity to choose: a choice of evils. Alternative suggests that one has a choice between only two possibilities. It is often used with a negative to mean that there is no second possibility: to have no alternative. Option emphasizes free right or privilege of choosing: to exercise one's option. Preference applies to a choice based on liking or partiality: to state a preference. 9. select, rare, uncommon, valuable, precious. See fine1 .
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British Dictionary definitions for choicely

choice

/tʃɔɪs/
noun
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
adjective
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
Derived Forms
choicely, adverb
choiceness, noun
Word Origin
C13: from Old French chois, from choisir to choose
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Word Origin and History for choicely
choice
c.1300, from O.Fr. chois, from v. choisir "to choose," from a Gmc. source (cf. Gothic *kausjan "to taste, test"), from P.Gmc. base *kaus-, *keus-. Replaced O.E. cyre, from the same base, probably because the imported word was closer to choose. Sense of "that which is preferable to be chosen, the flower, the elite" is from 1494, from adj. in this sense (c.1350).
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Slang definitions & phrases for choicely

choice

modifier

Very nice; sweet: had a choice time at the event


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Related Abbreviations for choicely

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Idioms and Phrases with choicely
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Encyclopedia Article for choicely

choice

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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