As a setting, a default is automatic. You weren't sure why your new TV kept returning to the factory defaults until you realized you were sitting on the remote.

Default can also refer to a lack of other options. You shop at Green's by default; it's the only grocery store in town. Default is also a failure to pay a financial obligation. The number of loan defaults was down this month. As a verb, it means "to fail to pay." Your credit score will go down if you default on a loan.

Definitions of default
  1. noun
    an option that is selected automatically unless an alternative is specified
    synonyms: default option
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    type of:
    alternative, choice, option
    one of a number of things from which only one can be chosen
  2. noun
    loss due to not showing up
    “he lost the game by default
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    type of:
    the act of losing someone or something
    failure to be present
  3. noun
    loss resulting from failure of a debt to be paid
    synonyms: nonpayment, nonremittal
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    a sum of money paid or a claim discharged
    nonpayment of a debt when due
    type of:
    financial loss
    loss of money or decrease in financial value
  4. noun
    act of failing to meet a financial obligation
    synonyms: nonpayment, nonremittal
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    type of:
    an act that fails
  5. verb
    fail to pay up
    synonyms: default on
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    ante up, pay, pay up
    cancel or discharge a debt
    type of:
    fail, neglect
    fail to do something; leave something undone
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