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default

1. a failure to act, esp a failure to meet a financial obligation or to appear in a court of law at a time specified
2. judgment by default Law a judgment in the plaintiff's favour when the defendant fails to plead or to appear
3. Computing
a. the preset selection of an option offered by a system, which will always be followed except when explicitly altered
b. (as modifier): default setting
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default

[di′fȯlt]
(computer science)
A value automatically used or an action automatically carried out unless another is specified.
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default

A substantive failure to fulfill a material obligation under a building contract.
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default

The pre-set value or action taken by software. Application programs have many defaults, including margin settings, font style, the printer that should be used and the folder name for saving files. Although pre-determined by the vendor, a default setting can be changed by the user (see settings).

Because a particular setting may affect how the hardware operates, there are also "hardware defaults." However, unless there are physical switches or levers on the equipment, the hardware default setting is configured in the software.

Default is also a verb. For example, "the program defaults to xyz," means that the program does xyz unless directed otherwise. See default browser, default folder, default drive, default font and default gateway.
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Far too many people do not know how their pension has been invested and many are happy to accept the default setting which may not necessarily offer the best fit in terms of risk and reward.
Privacy must be the default setting on websites, rather than requiring users to go through several steps to put such settings in place.
Showery weather could turn the going away from its default setting of good to firm towards something a little softer, and Bell, watching from trackside at Sha Tin, said of Wigmore Hall yesterday: "He's in very good form.
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Optimization began by raising the cutoff of each flag from the factory default setting in increments of 10 units and calculating the YI of each level for the identification of the specific abnormality denoted by the flag (eg, the blast flag for blasts).
It's practically a default setting in the corporate world that CFOs and CEOs question the value of their marketing efforts.