from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition
- n. An apparently free choice that offers no real alternative.
from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License
- n. The choice of taking either the primary option or nothing.
from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English
- A choice without an alternative; the thing offered or nothing.
from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- See choice.
from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.
- n. the choice of taking what is offered or nothing at all
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)
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)