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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?

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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 at 16:49
    
You could precise the field you're going to use it in, it'll help us to offer an adequate alternative –  Jo Bedard Jun 4 at 16:50
    
Especially for variable naming use default. You say yourself, computer people use it all the time. –  Jim Jun 4 at 17:29
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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 at 19:52
    
Differentiating between two similar items is a good reason to use synonyms. –  Nathan L Jun 4 at 19:53

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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 at 17:18

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

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