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1. The act of choosing; selection: It is time to make a choice between the candidates.
a. The power, right, or liberty to choose; option: The teacher gave me the choice between taking an exam and writing a paper.
b. An alternative: With no money, he had no choice but to walk home.
3. One that is chosen: That vase on sale looks like an excellent choice.
4. A number or variety from which to choose: a wide choice of styles and colors.
5. The right to terminate a pregnancy by induced abortion.
adj. choic·er, choic·est
1. Of very fine quality: choice peaches.
2. Selected with care; well-chosen: choice phrases.
3. Expressive of intense disapproval: had some choice words for the movers who dropped her antique spinet.
4. Of or relating to the USDA grade of beef with more marbling than select cuts and less marbling than prime cuts.
of choice
Preferred above others of the same kind or set: "the much used leveraged buyout as the weapon of choice" (Alison Leigh Cowan).

[Middle English chois, from Old French, from choisir, to choose, from Vulgar Latin *causīre, of Germanic origin; see geus- in Indo-European roots.]

choice′ly adv.
choice′ness n.
Synonyms: choice, selection, alternative, option, preference
These nouns denote something chosen or available for choosing: Choice and selection are the most general: My first choice was too costly. My selection from the menu turned out to be delicious. Both words can refer to a range of things available for choosing: You have a wide choice of colors. The store had a good selection of wines. Alternative emphasizes choice between two possibilities or courses of action: "Since the days of Thomas A. Edison, the auto industry has been trying to make a credible alternative to the internal combustion engine" (Danny Hakim).
Option is often used of a choice that requires careful consideration: The legislature outlined many tax options. Preference indicates a choice based on one's values, bias, or predilections: We were offered our preference of appetizers.
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That one was reserved in intercourse and chose choicely. But one time he spoilt his company for all time: his marriage he calleth it.
They repaired to the tents, where they found tables laid out, and choicely, plentifully, and neatly furnished.
A few rich settles and bancals, choicely carved and decorated with glazed leather hangings of the sort termed or basane , completed the furniture of the apartment, save that at one side of the dais there stood a lofty perch, upon which a cast of three solemn Prussian gerfalcons sat, hooded and jesseled, as silent and motionless as the royal fowler who stood beside them.
There was a bookcase between the windows filled with choicely bound books.
The solitary rider went glancing on among the trees, from sunlight into shade and back again, at the same even pace--looking about him, certainly, from time to time, but with no greater thought of the day or the scene through which he moved, than that he was fortunate (being choicely dressed) to have such favourable weather.