default


default
default [dē fôlt′, difôlt′]
n.
[ME < OFr defaute < VL * defallita, pp. of * defallere, to lack < L de-, away + fallere, to FAIL]
1. failure to do something or be somewhere when required or expected; specif.,
a) failure to pay money due
b) failure to appear in court to defend or prosecute a case
c) failure to take part in or finish a contest
2. 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]
3. Obs. a fault, lack, or want
vi.
[ME defauten < OFr defauter]
1. to fail to do something or be somewhere when required or expected; specif.,
a) to fail to make payment when due
b) to fail to appear in court when required
c) to fail to take part in or finish a contest
2. to lose a contest by default
vt.
1. to fail to do, pay, finish, etc. (something) when required
2. to lose (a contest, etc.) by default; forfeit
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in default of
in the absence of; through lack of
defaulter
n.

English World dictionary. . 2014.

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