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well-chosen

[wel-choh-zuh n] /ˈwɛlˈtʃoʊ zən/
adjective
1.
chosen with care, as for suitability or preciseness:
He entered at a well-chosen moment.
Origin of well-chosen
1580-1590
First recorded in 1580-90
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  • His small but well-chosen library was placed at my disposal.

  • The Widder took up her stand at a well-chosen angle, and looked at him in silence.

    Meadow Grass Alice Brown
  • This was a collection which even then consisted of more than 60,000 well-chosen volumes.

    Memoirs Charles Godfrey Leland
  • He replied to my remarks with readiness, and in well-chosen words.

    Mugby Junction Charles Dickens
  • He'd had them publicly humiliated with well-chosen epithets.

    Talents, Incorporated William Fitzgerald Jenkins
  • Ralph told him what he knew in a few brief, well-chosen words.

    The Young Bridge-Tender Arthur M. Winfield
  • The last words struck him as not well-chosen, but there was no time to choose.

    The Reef Edith Wharton
  • The occasion was evidently one which demanded a well-chosen reproof.

    The Hickory Limb Parker Fillmore
  • Whether my lore-words are well-chosen is a question for the readers mind.

British Dictionary definitions for well-chosen

well-chosen

adjective
1.
(well chosen when postpositive) carefully selected to produce a desired effect; apt: a few well-chosen words may be more effective than a long speech
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