The defendant has made no appearance in the case and is in default.
You can enter your own settings or use the defaults.
Which font is the default in that computer program? Verb
If the borrower defaults, the bank can take the house.
The program defaults to a standard font.
Recent Examples on the Web
By default, voice transcripts can be collected by third parties and shared with advertising partners.—Lauren Krouse, Good Housekeeping, 8 Sep. 2023 The app’s other existing teen safety measures include prohibiting young users from having public profiles and having teens’ Snap Map location-sharing tool turned off by default.—Clare Duffy, CNN, 7 Sep. 2023 Google has said that its deals with Apple and others were not exclusive and that consumers could alter the default settings on their devices to choose alternative search engines.—Cecilia Kang, New York Times, 6 Sep. 2023 The Washington Post 5 Country Garden makes late interest payment to avoid default
Chinese real estate giant Country Garden has met a deadline to make an overdue interest payment, avoiding a default on its debt, several news outlets reported Tuesday, citing people close to the company.—Harold Maass, The Week, 5 Sep. 2023 One of the primary reasons BHPH lenders install tracking devices is to reduce the risk of default.—Ashley Donohoe, Car and Driver, 5 Sep. 2023 The era of credit default swaps and long/short mismatches of maturities had not yet infiltrated Bedford Falls.—Neil Senturia, San Diego Union-Tribune, 4 Sep. 2023 Despite several postponements, this restart part of a debt ceiling bill Congress approved in June to avoid default.—Marc Ramirez, USA TODAY, 2 Sep. 2023 But those who were in default need to take certain steps to do so — and complete them before next September to keep their loans out of default for the long term, The Times said.—Robert Higgs, cleveland, 1 Sep. 2023
Meanwhile, the real estate market is in crisis with home prices dropping and some big developers have defaulted.—Nicole Goodkind, CNN, 6 Sep. 2023 The company got a three-year extension this year on a mortgage loan for one of its landmark properties, the DuMont Building, a 42-story Art Deco tower at 515 Madison Avenue, after defaulting on a $103 million loan for the property.—Emma Goldberg Haruka Sakaguchi, New York Times, 1 Sep. 2023 Dealing with the country's debt was essential to prevent the United States from defaulting on its debt for the first time ever — and avoid triggering a recession.—Susan Tompor, Detroit Free Press, 1 Sep. 2023 The pandemic was yet another major setback for the neighborhood, as office tenants abandoned their leases and another major mall defaulted on its mortgage.—Trisha Thadani, Washington Post, 23 Aug. 2023 Once the country’s largest private-sector developer by sales, the company is in danger of defaulting amid an industry cash crunch.—Justin Sink, Fortune, 11 Aug. 2023 Many of the schools the group represents are for-profit colleges, whose students are disproportionately likely to default on student loans.—Harold Maass, The Week, 8 Aug. 2023 That’s because, at the time, the province defaulted legal parentage to the person who gave birth to the child, so becoming the legal parents could be complicated if the child was born there.—Hazlitt, 30 Aug. 2023 Seven unrated hospitals have defaulted this year, according to Bloomberg data, in a combination of failures to pay and violations of borrowing agreements known as covenants.—Bloomberg Wire, Dallas News, 30 Aug. 2023 See More
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Noun and Verb
Middle English defaute, defaulte, from Anglo-French, from defaillir to be lacking, fail, from de- + faillir to fail
: failure to do something required by duty (as under a contract or by law): as
: failure to comply with the terms of a loan agreement or security agreement especially with regard to payment of the debt
in the civil law of Louisiana: a delay in performing under a contract that is recognized by the other party
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.