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From Middle English chois, from Old French chois (choice), from choisir (to choose, perceive), possibly via assumed Vulgar Latin *causīre (to choose), from Gothic *𐌺𐌰𐌿𐍃𐌾𐌰𐌽 (*kausjan, to make a choice, taste, test, choose), from Proto-Germanic *kauzijaną, from Proto-Germanic *keusaną (to choose), from Proto-Indo-European *ǵews- (to choose). Akin to Old High German kiosan (to choose), Old English ċēosan (to choose), Old Norse kjósa (to choose). More at choose.



choice (countable and uncountable, plural choices)

  1. An option; a decision; an opportunity to choose or select something.
    • 2012 January 1, Steven Sloman, “The Battle Between Intuition and Deliberation”, in American Scientist[1], volume 100, number 1, page 74:
      Libertarian paternalism is the view that, because the way options are presented to citizens affects what they choose, society should present options in a way that “nudges” our intuitive selves to make choices that are more consistent with what our more deliberative selves would have chosen if they were in control.
    Do I have a choice of what color to paint it?
  2. One selection or preference; that which is chosen or decided; the outcome of a decision.
    The ice cream sundae is a popular choice for dessert.
  3. Anything that can be chosen.
    You have three choices: vanilla, strawberry or chocolate
  4. (usually with the) The best or most preferable part.
    • Milton
      The flower and choice / Of many provinces from bound to bound.
  5. (obsolete) Care and judgement in selecting; discrimination, selectiveness.
    • Francis Bacon
      I imagine they [the apothegms of Caesar] were collected with judgment and choice.
    • 1757, Edmund Burke, A Philosophical Enquiry into the Origin of Our Ideas of the Sublime and Beautiful, London: R. & J. Dodsley, Part I, Section I, p. 1,[2]
      We see children perpetually running from place to place to hunt out something new; they catch with great eagerness, and with very little choice, at whatever comes before them; their attention is engaged by every thing, because every thing has, in that stage of life, the charm of novelty to recommend it.
  6. (obsolete) A sufficient number to choose among.
    (Can we find and add a quotation of Shakespeare to this entry?)


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choice (comparative choicer or more choice, superlative choicest or most choice)

  1. Especially good or preferred.
    It's a choice location, but you will pay more to live there.
  2. (slang, New Zealand) Cool; excellent.
    Choice! I'm going to the movies.
  3. (obsolete) Careful in choosing; discriminating.
    • 1856, J. R. Planché (tr.), Fairy Tales by the Countess d'Aulnoy, The Princess Carpillon:
      Thus musing, he ate nothing; the Queen, believing that it was in consequence of his having been unkindly received, loaded him with caresses; she herself handed him some exquisite fruits, of which she was very choice.



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