Definition of by default in English:

by default

  • 1Because of a lack of opposition: they won the last election by default
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    • The movement was partially empowered by default of serious opposition.
    • Perhaps they will be re-elected in the next elections by default, with no-one having voted!
    • The opposite, by default, must then be the definition of an anti-politician.
  • 1.1Through lack of positive action rather than conscious choice: legislation dies by default if the governor fails to act on it
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    • However, I am not wrong in stating that we lack this capability by default - not by conscious strategy.
    • Which leaves a rather surprised looking Laura sitting at the top of my heap, by default rather than on account of any particular merit.
    • He got the job by default when the first choice dropped out, and even then it was only through the intervention of someone important.
    inaction, omission, lapse, neglect, negligence, disregard; failure to appear, absence, nonappearance
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