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.
2. The power or opportunity of choosing; option.
Choice there is not, unless the thing which we take be so in our power that we might have refused it. --Hooker.
3. Care in selecting; judgment or skill in distinguishing what is to be preferred, and in giving a preference; discrimination.
I imagine they [the apothegms of Cæsar] were collected with judgment and choice. --Bacon.
4. A sufficient number to choose among.
5. The thing or person chosen; that which is approved and selected in preference to others; selection.
The common wealth is sick of their own choice. --Shak.
6. The best part; that which is preferable.
The flower and choice
Of many provinces from bound to bound. --Milton.
To make a choice of, to choose; to select; to separate and take in preference.
Syn: - See Volition, Option.
Choice, a. [Compar. Choicer superl. Choicest ]
1. Worthly of being chosen or preferred; select; superior; precious; valuable.
My choicest hours of life are lost. --Swift.
2. Preserving or using with care, as valuable; frugal; -- used with of; as, to be choice of time, or of money.
3. Selected with care, and due attention to preference; deliberately chosen.
Choice word measured phrase. --Wordsworth.
Syn: - Select; precious; exquisite; uncommon; rare; chary; careful/
adj 1: of superior grade; "choice wines"; "prime beef"; "prize
carnations"; "quality paper"; "select peaches" [syn: prime(a),
prize, quality, select]
2: appealing to refined taste; "choice wine"
n 1: the person or thing chosen or selected; "he was my pick for
mayor" [syn: pick, selection]
2: the act of choosing or selecting; "your choice of colors was
unfortunate"; "you can take your pick" [syn: selection,
3: one of a number of things from which only one can be chosen;
"what option did I have?"; "there no other alternative";
"my only choice is to refuse" [syn: option, alternative]