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    • US Pronunciation
    • US IPA
    • UK Pronunciation
    • UK IPA
    • [fawl-bak]
    • /ˈfɔlˌbæk/
    • /ˈfɔːl.bæk/
    • US Pronunciation
    • US IPA
    • [fawl-bak]
    • /ˈfɔlˌbæk/

Definitions of fallback word

  • noun fallback an act or instance of falling back. 1
  • noun fallback 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. 1
  • adjective fallback Also, fall-back. of or designating something kept in reserve or as an alternative: The negotiators agreed on a fallback position. 1
  • noun fallback An alternative plan that may be used in an emergency. 1
  • noun fallback backup plan 1
  • noun fallback person: last recourse 1

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Origin of fallback

First appearance:

before 1750
One of the 47% newest English words
1750-60, Americanism; noun, adj. use of verb phrase fall back

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Parts of speech for Fallback


fallback popularity

A pretty common term. Usually people know it’s meaning, but prefer to use a more spread out synonym. About 69% of English native speakers know the meaning and use word.
This word is included in each student's vocabulary. Most likely there is at least one movie with this word in the title.

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Synonyms for fallback

noun fallback

  • disengagement — the act or process of disengaging or the state of being disengaged.
  • recession — a return of ownership to a former possessor.
  • pullout — an act or instance of pulling out; removal.
  • withdrawal — Also, withdrawment. the act or condition of withdrawing.
  • retreat — the forced or strategic withdrawal of an army or an armed force before an enemy, or the withdrawing of a naval force from action.

adjective fallback

  • reserve — to keep back or save for future use, disposal, treatment, etc.
  • standby — a staunch supporter or adherent; one who can be relied upon.

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