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English definition of “default”

default

noun     /dɪˈfɔːlt/
[no plural] what exists or happens usually if no changes are madeStandard and routine
by default If something happens by default, it happens only because something else does not happen: No one else stood in the election, so he won by default.Failing and doing badlyStandard and routine
default adjective [always before noun] The default font size is 10.
(Definition of default noun from the Cambridge Learner's Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)

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