The man became the leader of the group as a default.
- 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.
The team's three losses include one default.
If you don't specify a number of items, the default is 1.
Regardless of our merit or default.
If you do not make your payments, you will default on your loan.
If you refuse to wear a proper uniform, you will not be allowed to compete and will default this match.
If you don't specify a number of items, it defaults to 1.
The Administration's default position on tax cuts.
An example of default is when you fail to pay your credit card bill.
An example of default is the action you take when you fail to pay your credit card.
Changed the default for the page margins.
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.
Won the championship by default.
In default on a loan.
- 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.
- Through the failure, absence, or lack of.
- in the absence of; through lack of
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Origin of default
From American Heritage Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition
- From Middle English, from Old French defaute (“fault, defect, failure, culpability, lack”), ultimately from Latin de- (“away”) + fallo (“deceive, cheat, escape notice of”)