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selection

[ si-lek-shuhn ]
/ sɪˈlɛk ʃən /
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Definition of selection

noun
an act or instance of selecting or the state of being selected; choice.
a thing or a number of things selected.
an aggregate of things displayed for choice, purchase, use, etc.; a group from which a choice may be made: The store had a wide selection of bracelets.
Biology. any natural or artificial process that results in differential reproduction among the members of a population so that the inheritable traits of only certain individuals are passed on, or are passed on in greater proportion, to succeeding generations.Compare natural selection, sexual selection, kin selection, artificial selection.
Linguistics.
  1. 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.
  2. 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.
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Origin of selection

1640–50; <Latin sēlēctiōn- (stem of sēlēctiō), equivalent to sēlēct(us) (see select) + -iōn--ion

OTHER WORDS FROM selection

se·lec·tion·al, adjectivenon·se·lec·tion, nounre·se·lec·tion, nounsu·per·se·lec·tion, noun
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British Dictionary definitions for selection

selection
/ (sɪˈlɛkʃən) /

noun
the act or an instance of selecting or the state of being selected
a thing or number of things that have been selected
a range from which something may be selectedthis shop has a good selection of clothes
biology the natural or artificial process by which certain organisms or characters are reproduced and perpetuated in the species in preference to othersSee also natural selection
a contestant in a race chosen as likely to win or come second or third
Australian
  1. the act of free-selecting
  2. a tract of land acquired by free-selection
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