fallback

[fawl-bak]
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:
1750–60, Americanism; noun, adj. use of verb phrase fall back

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Example sentences
War is the fallback position in a conflict over resources.
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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