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Synonyms of default in English:


  • 1 the recession has been accompanied by a rise in the incidence of defaults on loans
    non-payment, failure to pay, non-remittance
    informal welshing, bilking
    British archaic levant
    [Antonyms] repayment
  • 2 I became a TV presenter by default, rather than by design in default of evidence
    failure to act/appear, inaction, omission, lapse, lack, exclusion, neglect, negligence, disregard;
    want, deficiency, delinquency, dereliction, absence, non-appearance
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  • 1 tuna pasta is definitely my default choice for dinners cooked at home
    normal, standard, usual, typical, stock, ordinary, customary, conventional, habitual, accustomed, expected, wonted, everyday, regular, routine, established, settled, set;
    unvarying, invariable, unchanging, changeless, unvaried;
    consistent, constant, stable, steady, static, uniform, predictable, obvious;
    favourite, choice, preferred, ideal;
    instinctive, automatic, involuntary, unconscious, reflex, knee-jerk, mechanical;
    spontaneous, impulsive, unthinking, unpremeditated, unintentional, unintended, unbidden, unwitting, inadvertent
    informal gut
    [Antonyms] atypical, varying, conscious, deliberate
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  • 1 the dealer can repossess the goods if the customer defaults
    fail to pay, not pay, renege, fail to honour, back out, backtrack, backslide;
    break one's promise/word, go back on one's word
    informal welsh, bilk
    [Antonyms] repay
  • 2 when you start a fresh letter, the program will default to its own style
    select automatically
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