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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
2‘I became a TV presenter by default, rather than by design’
failure to act, failure to appear, inaction, omission, lapse, lack, exclusion, neglect, negligence, disregard
want, deficiency, delinquency, dereliction, absence, non-appearance
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
atypical, varying, conscious, deliberate
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, break one's word, go back on one's word
informal welsh, bilk
2‘when you start a fresh letter, the program will default to its own style’
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