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default

noun

default noun (FAILURE TO DO)

   /dɪˈfɔlt, ˈdi·fɔlt/ [C/U] a failure to do something that you legally have to do, such as pay a debt: [C] Defaults rose to 4 percent of all the bank’s loans.    /dɪˈfɔlt, ˈdi·fɔlt/ [C/U] In sports, to win or lose by default is to win or lose because one side did not compete: [U] Humphrey never showed up, so Wilson won by default.

default noun (STANDARD SETTING)

   /ˈdi·fɔlt, dɪˈfɔlt/ [U] a standard setting esp. of computer software, such as of type size or style: The default color of text on the screen is black.
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