default[dē fôlt′, di-]
- Default is defined as the action of failing to fulfill an obligation.
An example of default is the action you take when you fail to pay your credit card.
- To default is defined as to fail to do something which is expected.
An example of default is when you fail to pay your credit card bill.
- failure to do something or be somewhere when required or expected; specif.,
- failure to pay money due
- failure to appear in court to defend or prosecute a case
- failure to take part in or finish a contest
- Comput. a preset choice, setting, etc. for automatic use as by a program when no other is specified by a user: often used attributively: a default disk drive on a PC
- Obsolete a fault, lack, or want
Origin of defaultMiddle English ; from Old French defaute ; from Vulgar Latin an unverified form defallita, past participle of an unverified form defallere, to lack ; from Classical Latin de-, away + fallere, to fail
- to fail to do something or be somewhere when required or expected; specif.,
- to fail to make payment when due
- to fail to appear in court when required
- to fail to take part in or finish a contest
- to lose a contest by default
Origin of defaultME defauten < OFr defauter
- to fail to do, pay, finish, etc. (something) when required
- to lose (a contest, etc.) by default; forfeit
in default of
- Failure to perform a task or fulfill an obligation, especially failure to meet a financial obligation: in default on a loan.
- Law Failure of a party in a case to make a required court appearance.
- The failure of one or more competitors or teams to participate in a contest: won the championship by default.
- a. Computers A particular setting or value for a variable that is assigned automatically by an operating system and remains in effect unless canceled or overridden by the operator: changed the default for the page margins.b. A situation or condition that obtains in the absence of active intervention.
verbde·fault·ed, de·fault·ing, de·faults
- a. To fail to do what is required.b. To fail to pay money when it is due.
- Computers To revert to a default.
- Law a. To fail to appear in court as a party to a case when summoned.b. To lose a case by not appearing.
- To fail to take part in or complete a scheduled contest.
- To fail to perform or pay.
- Law To lose (a case) by failing to appear in court.
- To fail to take part in or complete (a contest, for example).
Origin of defaultMiddle English defaute, from Old French, from past participle of defaillir, to fail, grow weak : de-, intensive pref.; see de– + faillir; see fail.
- (finance) The condition of failing to meet an obligation.
- He failed to make payments on time and is now in default.
- You may cure this default by paying the full amount within a week.
- (electronics, computing) the original software programming settings as set by the factory
- A loss incurred by failing to compete.
- The team's three losses include one default.
- A selection made in the absence of an alternative.
- The man became the leader of the group as a default.
- (often) A value used when none has been given; a tentative value or standard that is presumed.
- If you don't specify a number of items, the default is 1.
- (law) The failure of a defendant to appear and answer a summons and complaint.
- Alexander Pope
- regardless of our merit or default
(third-person singular simple present defaults, present participle defaulting, simple past and past participle defaulted)
- (intransitive) To fail to meet an obligation.
- If you do not make your payments, you will default on your loan.
- (intransitive) To lose a competition by failing to compete.
- If you refuse to wear a proper uniform, you will not be allowed to compete and will default this match.
- (intransitive, computing) To assume a value when none was given; to presume a tentative value or standard.
- If you don't specify a number of items, it defaults to 1.
- (intransitive, law) To fail to appear and answer a summons and complaint.
From Middle English, from Old French defaute (“fault, defect, failure, culpability, lack”), ultimately from Latin de- (“away”) + fallo (“deceive, cheat, escape notice of”)
default - Computer Definition
The current setting and action taken by software. Application programs have myriad defaults, including margin settings, font style and size, the printer that should be used and the folder name for saving files. A default setting implies that it can be changed by the user. Because a particular setting may affect how the hardware operates, one can say there are "hardware defaults." However, unless there are physical switches or levers in the hardware that change the default, a default setting is in the software. Default is also a verb. For example, "the program defaults to xyz," means that the program does xyz under these circumstances unless directed otherwise. See default browser, default directory, default drive, default font and default gateway.
default - Investment & Finance Definition
Failure to meet the terms of a loan or other debt; such terms may include making periodic payments or repaying the principal by a certain date. When a corporation defaults on a loan, the lender can take legal action toward the company, including pushing it into bankruptcy.
default - Legal Definition
- The failure to perform a legal or contractual requirement, such as the payment of a debt by the due date.
- To fail to perform such a requirement.