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noun default setting pronunciation in British English /ˈdɪfɔːlt ˌsetiŋ/
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singulardefault setting
pluraldefault settings
  1. 1
    [countable] computing a setting that is automatically given to a software application, computer program or device

    When I had a problem with my phone I just restored it to default settings and it was fine.

  2. 2
    [singular] humorous the way in which someone normally behaves and reacts

    This outfit is perfect for the child whose default setting is ’scruffy’.

    No country can long prosper if its default setting is to be jaded.


… a teaching method in which groups of children learn independently using a computer linked to the internet

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a derogatory word used for referring to people in the banking and investment industry who are thought of as taking serious risks in order to increase their own earnings …

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