American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition
- n. An apparently free choice that offers no real alternative.
Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- See choice.
GNU Webster's 1913
- A choice without an alternative; the thing offered or nothing.
- n. the choice of taking what is offered or nothing at all
- After Thomas Hobson (1544-1631) of Cambridge, England, who rented horses and gave his customers the choice of the horse nearest the stable door or no horse at all. (Wiktionary)
- After Thomas Hobson (1544?-1630), English keeper of a livery stable, from his requirement that customers take either the horse nearest the stable door or none. (American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
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