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noun de·fault \di-ˈfȯlt, dē-; ˈdē-ˌfȯlt\

Simple Definition of default

  • : a failure to make a payment (such as a payment on a loan)

  • law : failure to appear in court

  • computers : a setting, option, etc., that a computer uses if you do not choose a different one

Source: Merriam-Webster's Learner's Dictionary

Full Definition of default

  1. 1 :  failure to do something required by duty or law :  neglect

  2. 2 archaic :  fault

  3. 3 :  a failure to pay financial debts

  4. 4 a :  failure to appear at the required time in a legal proceeding b :  failure to compete in or to finish an appointed contest <lost the game by default>

  5. 5 a :  a selection made usually automatically or without active consideration due to lack of a viable alternative <remained the club's president by default> b :  a selection automatically used by a computer program in the absence of a choice made by the user

in default of

  1. :  in the absence of

Examples of default in a sentence

  1. The defendant has made no appearance in the case and is in default.

  2. You can enter your own settings or use the defaults.

  3. Which font is the default in that computer program?



Origin and Etymology of default

Middle English defaute, defaulte, from Anglo-French, from defaillir to be lacking, fail, from de- + faillir to fail


First Known Use: 13th century


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verb de·fault

Simple Definition of default

  • : to fail to do something that legally must be done; especially : to fail to make the payments you must make on a loan, mortgage, etc.

  • of a computer : to automatically use a particular setting, option, etc., unless you choose a different one

Source: Merriam-Webster's Learner's Dictionary

Full Definition of default

  1. intransitive verb
  2. 1 :  to fail to fulfill a contract, agreement, or duty: as a :  to fail to meet a financial obligation <default on a loan> b :  to fail to appear in court c :  to fail to compete in or to finish an appointed contest; also :  to forfeit a contest by such failure

  3. 2 :  to make a default selection <the program defaults to a standard font>

  4. transitive verb
  5. 1 :  to fail to perform, pay, or make good

  6. 2 a :  forfeit b :  to exclude (a player or a team) from a contest by default

defaulter

noun

Examples of default in a sentence

  1. If the borrower defaults, the bank can take the house.

  2. The program defaults to a standard font.



15th Century

First Known Use of default

15th century



DEFAULT Defined for Kids

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noun de·fault \di-ˈfȯlt\

Definition of default for Students

  1. :  failure to do something especially that is required by law or duty <If we miss the game, we'll lose by default.>




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verb de·fault

Definition of default for Students

defaulted

defaulting

  1. :  to fail to do something required <He defaulted on repaying the money.>




Law Dictionary

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noun de·fault \di-ˈfȯlt, ˈdē-ˌfȯlt\

Legal Definition of default

  1. 1 :  failure to do something required by duty (as under a contract or by law): as a :  failure to comply with the terms of a loan agreement or security agreement especially with regard to payment of the debt b in the civil law of Louisiana :  a delay in performing under a contract that is recognized by the other party Editor's note: A party whose performance under a contract is delayed is not automatically in default. Rather, the law of Louisiana requires that the other party “put him or her in default” by a written or witnessed oral request for performance, by filing suit, or by invoking a specific provision in the contract. Moratory damages may be recoverable for loss caused by the delay.

  2. 2 :  failure to defend against a claim in court (as by failing to file pleadings or to appear in court) — see also default judgment at judgment 1a

default

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defaulter

noun

in default

  1. :  in the condition of having defaulted



Origin and Etymology of default

Anglo-French defalte defaute lack, fault, failure to answer a summons, from defaillir to be lacking, fail, from de-, intensive prefix + faillir to fail



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