Choice Choice (chois), n. [OE. chois, OF. chois, F. choix, fr. choisir to choose; of German origin; cf. Goth. kausjan to examine, kiusan to choose, examine, G. kiesen. [root]46. Cf. {Choose}.] 1. Act of choosing; the voluntary act of selecting or separating from two or more things that which is preferred; the determination of the mind in preferring one thing to another; election. [1913 Webster]

2. The power or opportunity of choosing; option. [1913 Webster]

Choice there is not, unless the thing which we take be so in our power that we might have refused it. --Hooker. [1913 Webster]

3. Care in selecting; judgment or skill in distinguishing what is to be preferred, and in giving a preference; discrimination. [1913 Webster]

I imagine they [the apothegms of C[ae]sar] were collected with judgment and choice. --Bacon. [1913 Webster]

4. A sufficient number to choose among. --Shak. [1913 Webster]

5. The thing or person chosen; that which is approved and selected in preference to others; selection. [1913 Webster]

The common wealth is sick of their own choice. --Shak. [1913 Webster]

6. The best part; that which is preferable. [1913 Webster]

The flower and choice Of many provinces from bound to bound. --Milton. [1913 Webster]

{To make a choice of}, to choose; to select; to separate and take in preference.

Syn: Syn. - See {Volition}, {Option}. [1913 Webster]

The Collaborative International Dictionary of English. 2000.


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