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default /dɪˈfɔːlt/ n
  1. a failure to act, esp a failure to meet a financial obligation or to appear in a court of law at a time specified
  2. absence or lack
  3. by defaultin the absence of opposition or a better alternative: he became prime minister by default
  4. in default ofthrough or in the lack or absence of
  5. judgment by defaulta judgment in the plaintiff's favour when the defendant fails to plead or to appear
  6. /(also) ˈdiːfɔːlt/ the preset selection of an option offered by a system, which will always be followed except when explicitly altered
  7. (as modifier): default setting
vb
  1. (intr; often followed by on or in) to fail to make payment when due
  2. (intransitive) to fail to fulfil or perform an obligation, engagement, etc: to default in a sporting contest
  3. to lose (a case) by failure to appear in court
Etymology: 13th Century: from Old French defaute, from defaillir to fail, from Vulgar Latin dēfallīre (unattested) to be lacking



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