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[fawl-bak] /ˈfɔlˌbæk/
an act or instance of falling back.
something or someone to turn or return to, especially for help or as an alternative:
His teaching experience would be a fallback if the business failed.
Also, fall-back. of or designating something kept in reserve or as an alternative:
The negotiators agreed on a fallback position.
Origin of fallback
1750-60, Americanism; noun, adj. use of verb phrase fall back Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2015.
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Examples from the web for fallback
  • War is the fallback position in a conflict over resources.
  • And the fallback, which was high-frequency radio, couldn't be trusted in a nuclear environment.
  • But there has been no similarly comprehensive fallback for sovereign debt.
  • The preferred government fallback, subsidising renewable energy, is wasteful and perhaps inadequate.
  • While it is true that people make mistakes, it seems to be the fallback position if all else fails.
  • fallback indicates the use of another system to satisfy the system requirements.
  • Develop target dates and fallback options if unexpected situations arise.
Word Origin and History for fallback

also fall-back; 1767 as a type of chair; 1930 as "a position to be used in an emergency;" from fall (v.) + back (adv.).

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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