choice


From The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48:

Choice \Choice\, a. [Compar. Choicer; superl. Choicest.]
   1. Worthly of being chosen or preferred; select; superior;
      precious; valuable.
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            My choicest hours of life are lost.   --Swift.
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   2. Preserving or using with care, as valuable; frugal; --
      used with of; as, to be choice of time, or of money.
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   3. Selected with care, and due attention to preference;
      deliberately chosen.
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            Choice word measured phrase.          --Wordsworth.

   Syn: Syn. - Select; precious; exquisite; uncommon; rare;
        chary; careful/
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From The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48:

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.
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   2. The power or opportunity of choosing; option.
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            Choice there is not, unless the thing which we take
            be so in our power that we might have refused it.
                                                  --Hooker.
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   3. Care in selecting; judgment or skill in distinguishing
      what is to be preferred, and in giving a preference;
      discrimination.
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            I imagine they [the apothegms of C[ae]sar] were
            collected with judgment and choice.   --Bacon.
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   4. A sufficient number to choose among. --Shak.
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   5. The thing or person chosen; that which is approved and
      selected in preference to others; selection.
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            The common wealth is sick of their own choice.
                                                  --Shak.
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   6. The best part; that which is preferable.
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            The flower and choice
            Of many provinces from bound to bound. --Milton.
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   To make a choice of, to choose; to select; to separate and
      take in preference.

   Syn: Syn. - See Volition, Option.
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