Chance vs. Choice

Chance vs. Choice — Is There a Difference?
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Difference Between Chance and Choice

Chancenoun

The unknown and unpredictable element in happenings that seems to have no assignable cause.

Choicenoun

The act of choosing; selection

It is time to make a choice between the candidates.

Chancenoun

A force assumed to cause events that cannot be foreseen or controlled; luck

Chance will determine the outcome.

Choicenoun

The power, right, or liberty to choose; option

The teacher gave me the choice between taking an exam and writing a paper.

Chancenoun

often chances The likelihood of something happening; possibility or probability

Chances are good that you will win. Is there any chance of rain?.

Choicenoun

An alternative

With no money, he had no choice but to walk home.
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Chancenoun

An accidental or unpredictable event

"He sprang to his feet and turned to run. At the same moment by a lucky chance the moon broke through the clouds" (Arthur Conan Doyle).

Choicenoun

One that is chosen

That vase on sale looks like an excellent choice.

Chancenoun

A favorable set of circumstances; an opportunity

a chance to escape.

Choicenoun

A number or variety from which to choose

a wide choice of styles and colors.

Chancenoun

A risk or hazard; a gamble

took a chance that the ice would hold me.

Choicenoun

The right to terminate a pregnancy by induced abortion.

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Chancenoun

(Games) A raffle or lottery ticket.

Choiceadjective

Of very fine quality

choice peaches.

Chancenoun

(Baseball) An opportunity to make a putout or an assist that counts as an error if unsuccessful.

Choiceadjective

Selected with care; well-chosen

choice phrases.

Chanceadjective

Caused by or ascribable to chance; unexpected, random, or casual

a chance encounter.a chance result.

Choiceadjective

Expressive of intense disapproval

had some choice words for the movers who dropped her antique spinet.

Chanceverb

To take the risk or hazard of

We thought we could jump over the puddle, but we were not willing to chance it.

Choiceadjective

Of or relating to the USDA grade of beef with more marbling than select cuts and less marbling than prime cuts.

Chanceverb

To have the fortune (to be or do something); happen

"My eye chanced to fall on the wizened houseplant on the windowsill" (Elisabeth Brink).

Choicenoun

An option; a decision; an opportunity to choose or select something.

Do I have a choice of what color to paint it?

Chanceverb

Used with the impersonal subject it and a following clause or infinitive to indicate the occurrence of a usually unexpected or chance event

"Now it chanced that this car-line was owned by gentlemen who were trying to make money" (Upton Sinclair).

Choicenoun

(uncountable) The power to choose.

She didn't leave us much choice.

Chanceadverb

(obsolete) Perchance; perhaps.

Choicenoun

One selection or preference; that which is chosen or decided; the outcome of a decision.

The ice cream sundae is a popular choice for dessert.

Chancenoun

(countable) An opportunity or possibility.

We had the chance to meet the president last week.

Choicenoun

Anything that can be chosen.

You have three choices: vanilla, strawberry or chocolate

Chancenoun

(uncountable) Random occurrence; luck.

Why leave it to chance when a few simple steps will secure the desired outcome?

Choicenoun

The best or most preferable part.

Chancenoun

(countable) The probability of something happening.

There is a 30 percent chance of rain tomorrow.

Choicenoun

(obsolete) Care and judgement in selecting; discrimination, selectiveness.

Chancenoun

What befalls or happens to a person; their lot or fate.

Choicenoun

(obsolete) A sufficient number to choose among.

Chanceadjective

Happening by chance, casual.

Choiceadjective

Especially good or preferred.

It's a choice location, but you will pay more to live there.

Chanceverb

To happen by chance, to occur.

It chanced that I found a solution the very next day.

Choiceadjective

Cool; excellent.

Choice! I'm going to the movies.

Chanceverb

To befall; to happen to.

Choiceadjective

(obsolete) Careful in choosing; discriminating.

Chanceverb

To try or risk.

Shall we carry the umbrella, or chance a rainstorm?

Choicenoun

the person or thing chosen or selected;

he was my pick for mayor

Chanceverb

To discover something by chance.

He chanced upon a kindly stranger who showed him the way.

Choicenoun

the act of choosing or selecting;

your choice of colors was unfortunateyou can take your pick

Chanceverb

(Belize) To rob, cheat or swindle someone.

I was chanced out of my money by that fast-talking salesman.

Choicenoun

one of a number of things from which only one can be chosen;

what option did I have?there no other alternativemy only choice is to refuse

Chancenoun

a possibility due to a favorable combination of circumstances;

the holiday gave us the opportunity to visit Washingtonnow is your chance

Choiceadjective

of superior grade;

choice winesprime beefprize carnationsquality paperselect peaches

Chancenoun

an unknown and unpredictable phenomenon that causes an event to result one way rather than another;

bad luck caused his downfallwe ran into each other by pure chance

Choiceadjective

appealing to refined taste;

choice wine

Chancenoun

a risk involving danger;

you take a chance when you let her drive

Chancenoun

a measure of how likely it is that some event will occur;

what is the probability of rain?we have a good chance of winning

Chanceverb

be the case by chance;

I chanced to meet my old friend in the street

Chanceverb

take a risk in the hope of a favorable outcome;

When you buy these stocks you are gambling

Chanceverb

come upon, as if by accident; meet with;

We find this idea in PlatoI happened upon the most wonderful bakery not very far from hereShe chanced upon an interesting book in the bookstore the other day

Chanceadjective

occurring or appearing or singled out by chance;

their accidental meeting led to a renewal of their friendshipseek help from casual passers-bya casual meetinga chance occurrence