To default is defined as to fail to do something which is expected.(verb)
An example of default is when you fail to pay your credit card bill.
Default is defined as the action of failing to fulfill an obligation.(noun)
An example of default is the action you take when you fail to pay your credit card.
See default in Webster's New World College Dictionary
Origin: ME < OFr defaute < VL *defallita, pp. of *defallere, to lack < L de-, away + fallere, to fail
Origin: ME defauten < OFr defauter
See default in American Heritage Dictionary 4
Origin: Middle English defaute
Origin: , from Old French
Origin: , from
Origin: past participle of defaillir, to fail, grow weak
Origin: : de-, intensive pref.; see de-
Origin: + faillir; see fail.
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