- . in the absence of opposition or a better alternative ⇒
he became prime minister by default
Example Sentences Including 'by default'
'Too often', he complains,'we have let citizenship go by default '.
About twenty meters out from the shoreline, they turned south, paralleling the causeway, Kevin leading by default.
But Cosatu has, by default , come to be a necessary political bloc expressing alternative views in the absence of a viable opposition.
SA Star (2005)
Chrissie was thinking much the same thing, there was no way she wanted to end up with Joe by default.
FALLEN WOMEN (2002)
Nalbandian clearly believed he had beaten Xavier Malisse by default , only to have the small print of the rulebook pointed out to him.
Times, Sunday Times (2002)
The way he told it, he had become Managing Director almost by default.
Thus laissez-faire was not the result of a grand plan but rather was produced by default.
Migrants in Modern France: Population Mobility in the Later Nineteenth and Twentieth Centuries
Topping the list of these features is an inbuilt firewall, which is turned on by default once SP2 is installed.
The Australian (2005)
Under Indonesian law, any land for which there is no written title belongs by default to the government.
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