Sign up ×
English Language & Usage Stack Exchange is a question and answer site for linguists, etymologists, and serious English language enthusiasts. It's 100% free, no registration required.

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.

share|improve this question

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

This question appears to be off-topic. The users who voted to close gave this specific reason:

  • "Questions that can be answered using commonly-available references are off-topic. A list of these references can be found here: List of general references" – MrHen, Josh61
If this question can be reworded to fit the rules in the help center, please edit the question.

Just use default that's the word you want. If you try to use something else people will just wonder why you worked so hard to avoid it. – Jim Jun 4 '14 at 16:49
You could precise the field you're going to use it in, it'll help us to offer an adequate alternative – P. Obertelli Jun 4 '14 at 16:50
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
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. and marriam-webster didn't have anything related to this use. – S. Buda Oct 8 at 20:58

2 Answers 2

up vote 0 down vote accepted

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
share|improve this answer
... or "initial" value. – Scott Jun 4 '14 at 17:18

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

share|improve this answer

Not the answer you're looking for? Browse other questions tagged or ask your own question.