Definitions for hobson's choiceˈhɒb sənz

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Random House Webster's College Dictionary

Hob′son's choice′ˈhɒb sənz(n.)

  1. the choice of taking either that which is offered or nothing; the absence of a real alternative.

Origin of Hobson's choice:

1640–50; after Thomas Hobson (1544–1631), of Cambridge, England, who rented horses and gave his customer only one choice, that of the horse nearest the stable door

Princeton's WordNet

  1. Hobson's choice(noun)

    the choice of taking what is offered or nothing at all

Webster Dictionary

  1. Hobson's choice

    a choice without an alternative; the thing offered or nothing

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  1. Hobson's choice

    A Hobson's choice is a free choice in which only one option is offered. As a person may refuse to take that option, the choice is therefore between taking the option or not; "take it or leave it". The phrase is said to originate with Thomas Hobson, a livery stable owner in Cambridge, England. To rotate the use of his horses, he offered customers the choice of either taking the horse in the stall nearest the door or taking none at all.

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