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cannot choose but do something

Definition of cannot choose but do something in English:

formal Have no alternative to doing something.
Example sentences
  • As a corollary to the proposition that all institutions must be subordinated to the law of equal freedom, we cannot choose but admit the right of the citizen to adopt a condition of voluntary outlawry.
  • Knowing man cannot choose but pay, how have we cheapened paradise?
  • I can see all the ugliness and all the misery of my city, and though my heart is made of lead yet I cannot choose but weep.
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