default
I. noun Etymology: Middle English defaute, defaulte, from Anglo-French, from defaillir to be lacking, fail, from de- + faillir to fail Date: 13th century 1. failure to do something required by duty or law ; neglect 2. archaic fault 3. a failure to pay financial debts 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
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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
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b. a selection automatically used by a computer program in the absence of a choice made by the user II. verb Date: 15th century intransitive verb 1. to fail to fulfill a contract, agreement, or duty: as a. to fail to meet a financial obligation <
default on a loan
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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 2. to make a default selection <
the program defaults to a standard font
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transitive verb 1. to fail to perform, pay, or make good 2. a. forfeit b. to exclude (a player or a team) from a contest by default • defaulter noun

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  • default — de·fault /di fȯlt, dē ˌfȯlt/ n [Anglo French defalte defaute lack, fault, failure to answer a summons, from defaillir to be lacking, fail, from de , intensive prefix + faillir to fail] 1: failure to do something required by duty (as under a… …   Law dictionary

  • Default — De*fault , n. [OE. defaute, OF. defaute, defalte, fem., F. d[ e]faut, masc., LL. defalta, fr. a verb meaning, to be deficient, to want, fail, fr. L. de + fallere to deceive. See {Fault}.] 1. A failing or failure; omission of that which ought to… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • Default — may refer to: Default (law), the failure to do something required by law Default judgment Default (finance), failure to satisfy the terms of a loan obligation or to pay back a loan Default (computer science), a preset setting or value Default… …   Wikipedia

  • default — ► NOUN 1) failure to fulfil an obligation, especially to repay a loan or appear in a law court. 2) a pre selected option adopted by a computer program or other mechanism when no alternative is specified. ► VERB 1) fail to fulfil an obligation,… …   English terms dictionary

  • default — the failure by an entity to abide by the covenants in a debt obligation or other agreement to which it is a party. The most common default is non payment of interest or principal (Glossary of Common Bankruptcy Terms) failure to pay or otherwise… …   Glossary of Bankruptcy

  • default — [dē fôlt′, difôlt′] n. [ME < OFr defaute < VL * defallita, pp. of * defallere, to lack < L de , away + fallere, to FAIL] 1. failure to do something or be somewhere when required or expected; specif., a) failure to pay money due b)… …   English World dictionary

  • Default — De*fault , v. t. 1. To fail to perform or pay; to be guilty of neglect of; to omit; as, to default a dividend. [1913 Webster] What they have defaulted towards him as no king. Milton. [1913 Webster] 2. (Law) To call a defendant or other party… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • Default — (englisch default = „Standard“, „Leistungsstörung“ oder „in Verzug sein“) bezeichnet: eine Voreinstellung einer Eingabevariable in der Informatik; Werkseinstellungen bei computergesteuerten technischen Geräten; einen Bankrott in der… …   Deutsch Wikipedia

  • Default — De*fault , v. i. [imp. & p. p. {Defaulted}; p. pr. & vb. n. {Defaulting}.] 1. To fail in duty; to offend. [1913 Webster] That he gainst courtesy so foully did default. Spenser. [1913 Webster] 2. To fail in fulfilling a contract, agreement, or… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • Default — est un groupe de post grunge et rock alternatif canadien originaire de Vancouver, en Colombie Britannique, formé en 1999. Histoire du groupe La majorité du public de Default se trouve au Canada, mais ils gagnent en popularité aux États Unis grâce …   Wikipédia en Français

  • default — [n] failure; want absence, blemish, blunder, dearth, defect, deficiency, delinquency, dereliction, disregard, error, fault, imperfection, inadequacy, insufficiency, lack, lapse, miss, neglect, nonpayment, offense, omission, overlooking, oversight …   New thesaurus

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