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fallback

[fawl-bak] /ˈfɔlˌbæk/
noun
1.
an act or instance of falling back.
2.
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.
adjective
3.
Also, fall-back. of or designating something kept in reserve or as an alternative:
The negotiators agreed on a fallback position.
Origin
1750-1760
1750-60, Americanism; noun, adj. use of verb phrase fall back
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Examples 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.

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