- the choice of one form instead of another in a position where either can occur, as of ask instead of tell or with in the phrase ask me.
- the choice of one semantic or syntactic class of words in a construction, to the exclusion of others that do not occur there, as the choice of an animate object for the verb surprise.
Origin of selection
Examples from the Web for selection
Mary is rarely just Mary in this selection—she is almost always depicted with her newborn or dead son.
The lucky recipient gets to choose from a selection of gifts ranging from cocktail kits to packages of wine and premium spirits.The Daily Beast’s 2014 Holiday Gift Guide: For the Don Draper in Your Life|Allison McNearney|November 29, 2014|DAILY BEAST
That the selection process is even being discussed and written about marks something of a unique moment in American politics.
Its members would not be beholden to any special interest groups, at all, for their selection.Is It Time to Take a Chance on Random Representatives?|Michael Schulson|November 8, 2014|DAILY BEAST
Treasury has said the selection process is competitive enough and the contracts are handled responsibly.Megabanks Have The Federal Prison System Locked Up|Center for Public Integrity|October 2, 2014|DAILY BEAST
He had a selection on a long box-scrub siding of the ridges, about half a mile back and up from the coach road.On the Track|Henry Lawson
The commander does not, as yet, make a selection of one course of action in preference to another.Sound Military Decision|U.s. Naval War College
Only by the arrest or reversal of selection can a race degenerate—apart from the racial poisons.Parenthood and Race Culture|Caleb Williams Saleeby
But beneficial habits may, under the fostering care of selection, develop into instincts.The Whence and the Whither of Man|John Mason Tyler
It proved to be the only trustworthy principle of selection.Darwin and Modern Science|A.C. Seward and Others
British Dictionary definitions for selection
- the act of free-selecting
- a tract of land acquired by free-selection
Word Origin and History for selection
1620s, "act of selecting," from Latin selectionem (nominative selectio) "a choosing out, choice, selection," noun of action from past participle stem of seligere (see select (adj.)). Meaning "thing selected" is from 1805. Biological sense is from 1837; applied to actions of breeders (methodical selection), hence its use by Darwin (natural selection; 1857). French sélection is a 19c. borrowing from English.