Definition of by choice in US English:

by choice


  • Of one's own volition.

    • ‘There was no starving to death by choice or through circumstance, only hunger.’
    • ‘Yet, they insist, they are performers by birth and caste, not by choice.’
    • ‘You love change and use it to your advantage, whether by choice or by chance.’
    • ‘Not the place you would want to work by choice, but our intrepid weather officer just needs a little more time.’
    • ‘If you're going to write, you might as well know the rules, so then if you break them, at least it will be by choice.’
    • ‘Out of an office of eight recruiters, only one of them was there by choice.’
    • ‘I know plenty of couples who are childless by choice, and will remain that way.’
    • ‘The only acceptable defence used to be, ‘I am a virgin by choice - but not my own’.’
    • ‘By choice you came to this land and by choice you're fighting for this country and that is extraordinary.’
    • ‘For these and other reasons, some journalists covered the war unilaterally by choice.’
    voluntarily, of one's own accord, of one's own free will, of one's own volition, of one's own choice, of one's own choosing, by preference
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