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I've been looking for other words to describe a pre-selected option that can be changed by the user but must have a value. Everyone uses the word "default" to describe that, but in searching for synonyms I always get a list of synonyms related to the legal definition--a failure to meet an obligation.

I don't like the word default because computer people use it everywhere. Are there any good single word alternatives?

Commonly available references are deficient on the subject.

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closed as off-topic by MrHen, Josh61, Hellion, Oldcat, tchrist Jun 7 '14 at 2:26

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This question appears to be off-topic because it is about naming variables, which is explicitly listed as off-topic in the FAQ. – Hellion Jun 4 '14 at 19:52
@Hellion the fact that I could not find a good list of synonyms was the motivation for the question. This question is not about variable names; it is about synonyms. – Nathan L Jun 4 '14 at 19:56
If commonly-available references are deficient on the subject, is the question off-topic? – Nathan L Jun 9 '14 at 15:29
For what it's worth, the "commonly-available references" that supposedly answer this question didn't for me. They all assumed it was some sort of bank default, or similar term. Thesaurus.com and marriam-webster didn't have anything related to this use. – S. Buda Oct 8 '15 at 20:58
It is a real shame this question was closed for three reasons: 1) Online thesauruses have the inadequacies detailed above 2) In many programming languages default is a reserved key word 3) Who cares why someone needs a synonym? – Jared Smith Nov 6 '15 at 13:25
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I'm assuming you are asking for the right words that have the same meaning as "Default" so you can go for the following:

  1. usual
  2. typical
  3. regular
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... or "initial" value. – Scott Jun 4 '14 at 17:18

One might use the term "base" in a similar fashion.

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