choice

I. noun Etymology: Middle English chois, from Anglo-French, from choisir to choose, of Germanic origin; akin to Old High German kiosan to choose — more at choose Date: 13th century 1. the act of choosing ; selection <
finding it hard to make a choice
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2. power of choosing ; option <
you have no choice
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3. a. the best part ; cream b. a person or thing chosen <
she was their first choice
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4. a number and variety to choose among <
a plan with a wide choice of options
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5. care in selecting 6. a grade of meat between prime and good Synonyms: 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
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. option implies a power to choose that is specifically granted or guaranteed <
the option of paying now or later
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. alternative implies a need to choose one and reject another possibility <
equally attractive alternatives
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. preference suggests a choice guided by one's judgment or predilections <
a preference for cool weather
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. selection implies a range of choice <
a varied selection of furniture
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. election implies an end or purpose which requires exercise of judgment <
doing a tax return forces certain elections on you
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. II. adjective (choicer; choicest) Date: 14th century 1. worthy of being chosen 2. selected with care 3. a. of high quality b. of a grade between prime and good <
choice meat
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choicely adverbchoiceness noun Synonyms: choice, exquisite, elegant, rare, delicate, dainty mean having qualities that appeal to a cultivated taste. choice stresses preeminence in quality or kind <
choice fabric
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. exquisite implies a perfection in workmanship or design that appeals only to very sensitive taste <
an exquisite gold bracelet
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. elegant applies to what is rich and luxurious but restrained by good taste <
a sumptuous but elegant dining room
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. rare suggests an uncommon excellence <
rare beauty
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. delicate implies exquisiteness, subtlety, and fragility <
delicate craftsmanship
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. dainty sometimes carries an additional suggestion of smallness and of appeal to the eye or palate <
dainty sandwiches
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New Collegiate Dictionary. 2001.

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