Definition of by default in English:

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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.
Synonyms
inaction, omission, lapse, neglect, negligence, disregard;
failure to appear, absence, nonappearance
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