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default

noun [U] (RESULT)    /dɪˈfɒlt/ /ˈdiː.fɒlt/ US  /-ˈfɑːlt/
the thing that exists or happens if you do not change it intentionally by performing an action: Unless something else is agreed, the default is to meet at the hotel at 7.00 p.m. The computer will take 0 as the default value, unless you type in something different.formal In default of (= because there is not) any better alternative, we will have to proceed with the original plan.Standard and routine
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