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Definitions of default

  1. To fail in performing a contract; to fail to appear in court. Nuttall's Standard dictionary of the English language. By Nuttall, P.Austin. Published 1914.
  2. To fail to perform or pay; to be guilty of neglect of; to omit; as, to default a dividend. Webster Dictionary DB
  3. To call a defendant or other party whose duty it is to be present in court, and make entry of his default, if he fails to appear; to enter a default against. Webster Dictionary DB
  4. To leave out of account; to omit. Webster Dictionary DB
  5. To make a failure in, as a payment, an appearance in court, etc.; to neglect. The Winston Simplified Dictionary. By William Dodge Lewis, Edgar Arthur Singer. Published 1919.
  6. To fail in duty; to offend. Webster Dictionary DB
  7. To fail in fulfilling a contract, agreement, or duty. Webster Dictionary DB
  8. To fail to appear in court; to let a case go by default. Webster Dictionary DB
  9. To fail to account for trust funds; to fail to pay a debt; to fail to appear in court, etc. The Winston Simplified Dictionary. By William Dodge Lewis, Edgar Arthur Singer. Published 1919.
  10. To fail in duty; fail to appear. The Clarendon dictionary. By William Hand Browne, Samuel Stehman Haldeman. Published 1894.
  11. To make default in; neglect; declare in default. The Concise Standard Dictionary of the English Language. By James Champlin Fernald. Published 1919.
  12. fail to pay up Scrapingweb Dictionary DB
  13. To call a defendant officially to appear and answer in court, and, on his failing to answer, to declare him in default, and enter judgment against him; to fail in performance. To suffer a default, to permit an action to be called without appearing. Judgment by default, decree against a defendant for non-appearance. Nuttall's Standard dictionary of the English language. By Nuttall, P.Austin. Published 1914.
  14. an option that is selected automatically unless an alternative is specified Scrapingweb Dictionary DB
  15. act of failing to meet a financial obligation Scrapingweb Dictionary DB
  16. A failing or failure; omission of that which ought to be done; neglect to do what duty or law requires; as, this evil has happened through the governor's default. Webster Dictionary DB
  17. Fault; offense; ill deed; wrong act; failure in virtue or wisdom. Webster Dictionary DB
  18. A neglect of, or failure to take, some step necessary to secure the benefit of law, as a failure to appear in court at a day assigned, especially of the defendant in a suit when called to make answer; also of jurors, witnesses, etc. Webster Dictionary DB
  19. A failure to perform a legal duty. For example, a default on a mortgage or car loan happens when you fail to make the loan payments on time, fail to maintain adequate insurance or violate some other provision of the agreement. Default on a student loan occurs when you fail to repay a loan according to the terms you agreed to when you signed the promissory note, and the holder of your loan concludes that you do not intend to repay.
  20. Neglect; failure in a contract; failure to appear at a time and place required: in default of, in case of failure of. The Winston Simplified Dictionary. By William Dodge Lewis, Edgar Arthur Singer. Published 1919.
  21. Fault; failure; neglect; non-appearance in court. The Clarendon dictionary. By William Hand Browne, Samuel Stehman Haldeman. Published 1894.
  22. A failure in an obligation or duty; failure to appear or plead in a suit. The Concise Standard Dictionary of the English Language. By James Champlin Fernald. Published 1919.
  23. Want or deficiency; lack. The Concise Standard Dictionary of the English Language. By James Champlin Fernald. Published 1919.
  24. Failure; neglect of duty; defect; want; a fault; non-appearance in court when called upon. Nuttall's Standard dictionary of the English language. By Nuttall, P.Austin. Published 1914.
  25. Neglect to do what duty or law requires; a failure; an omission. Etymological and pronouncing dictionary of the English language. By Stormonth, James, Phelp, P. H. Published 1874.

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  1. Two of these were beautiful young girls who, in default of priest, were saying the last offices of the Church as they knelt on the bare ground. – Orphans of the Storm by Henry MacMahon
  2. No one could ever have taken to it, even in the face of discouragement, more kindly and naturally than he; but the situation had at least that charm that, in default of so many kinds of the outward, people had their choice of as many kinds of the inward as they would, and might practise those kinds with whatever consistency, intensity and brilliancy. – A Small Boy and Others by Henry James
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