the masters had, <by default>, a better physiological make-up

Irelia20150604

Senior Member
Chinese
Hi everyone! I'm not sure about the meaning of the phase "by default" here. As this thread says "I think in this context "by default" essentially means 'automatically"' or 'inherently' ", I think I can also interpret "by default" here as 'automatically"' or 'inherently'. Is it right?

the context is as follows:
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The masters, by contrast, showed low physiological arousal. They felt calm and connected together, which translated into warm and affectionate behavior, even when they fought. It’s not that the masters had, by default, a better physiological make-up than the disasters; it’s that masters had created a climate of trust and intimacy that made both of them more emotionally and thus physically comfortable.

source: http://www.theatlantic.com/health/archive/2014/06/happily-ever-after/372573/?from=timeline&isappinstalled=0
 
  • Parla

    Member Emeritus
    English - US
    I don't think that two-word phrase makes any sense in that sentence; it adds nothing and serves only to confuse. If I'd been the editor, I'd have deleted it.
     
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