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Meaning of DEFAULT

Pronunciation:  di'folt

WordNet Dictionary
  1. [n]  loss due to not showing up; "he lost the game by default"
  2. [n]  an option that is selected automatically unless an alternative is specified
  3. [n]  loss resulting from failure of a debt to be paid
  4. [n]  act of failing to meet a financial obligation
  5. [v]  fail to pay up

DEFAULT is a 7 letter word that starts with D.


 Synonyms: default on, default option, nonpayment, nonremittal
 Antonyms: ante up, pay, pay up, payment
 See Also: absence, alternative, choice, delinquency, fail, failure, financial loss, neglect, option, owe



Webster's 1913 Dictionary
  1. \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 be
       done; neglect to do what duty or law requires; as, this
       evil has happened through the governor's default.
    2. Fault; offense; ill deed; wrong act; failure in virtue or
             And pardon craved for his so rash default.
             Regardless of our merit or default.   --Pope.
    3. (Law) A neglect of, or failure to take, some step
       necessary to secure the benefit of law, as a failure to
       appear in court at a day assigned, especially of the
       defendant in a suit when called to make answer; also of
       jurors, witnesses, etc.
    {In default of}, in case of failure or lack of.
             Cooks could make artificial birds and fishes in
             default of the real ones.             --Arbuthnot.
    {To suffer a default} (Law), to permit an action to be called
       without appearing to answer.
  2. \De*fault"\, v. i. [imp. & p. p. {Defaulted}; p. pr. &
    vb. n. {Defaulting}.]
    1. To fail in duty; to offend.
             That he gainst courtesy so foully did default.
    2. To fail in fulfilling a contract, agreement, or duty.
    3. To fail to appear in court; to let a case go by default.
  3. \De*fault"\, v. t.
    1. To fail to perform or pay; to be guilty of neglect of; to
       omit; as, to default a dividend.
             What they have defaulted towards him as no king.
    2. (Law) To call a defendant or other party whose duty it is
       to be present in court, and make entry of his default, if
       he fails to appear; to enter a default against.
    3. To leave out of account; to omit. [Obs.]
             Defaulting unnecessary and partial discourses.
Legal Dictionary
 Definition: Failure of the defendant to appear and answer the summons and complaint.
Thesaurus Terms
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