default

Definitions

  • WordNet 3.6
    • v default fail to pay up
    • n default loss due to not showing up "he lost the game by default"
    • n default an option that is selected automatically unless an alternative is specified
    • n default loss resulting from failure of a debt to be paid
    • n default act of failing to meet a financial obligation
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
    • Default 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 .
    • Default (Law) 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.
    • Default Fault; offense; ill deed; wrong act; failure in virtue or wisdom. "And pardon craved for his so rash default .""Regardless of our merit or default ."
    • Default (Law) 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.
    • Default To fail in duty; to offend. "That he gainst courtesy so foully did default ."
    • Default To fail in fulfilling a contract, agreement, or duty.
    • Default To fail to appear in court; to let a case go by default.
    • Default To fail to perform or pay; to be guilty of neglect of; to omit; as, to default a dividend. "What they have defaulted towards him as no king."
    • Default To leave out of account; to omit. "Defaulting unnecessary and partial discourses."
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
    • n default A failing or failure; an omission of that which ought to be done; neglect to do what duty, obligation, or law requires; specifically, in law, a failure to perform a required act in a lawsuit within the required time, as to plead or appear in court, or omission to meet a pecuniary obligation when due.
    • n default Lack; want; failure; defect.
    • n default A fault; an offense; a misdeed; a wrong act.
    • n default In hunting, a lost scent.
    • default To fail in fulfilling or satisfying an engagement, claim, or obligation; especially, to fail in meeting a legal or pecuniary obligation at the proper time, as appearance in court, the payment of a debt, or the accounting for funds intrusted to one's care: as, a defaulting defendant or debtor; he has defaulted on his bond, or in his trust.
    • default To fail in duty; offend.
    • default To omit; neglect.
    • default To fail in the performance of.
    • default In law, to declare (a defendant) in default and enter judgment against (him).
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
    • n Default de-fawlt′ a fault, failing, or failure: defect: neglect to do what duty or law requires: failure to account for money entrusted to one's charge: offence
    • v.i Default to fail through neglect of duty: to fail to appear in court when called upon
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Quotations

  • Harriet Rosenstein
    Harriet Rosenstein
    “Destiny is something men select; women achieve it only by default or stupendous suffering.”
  • Bishop Desmond Tutu
    Bishop Desmond Tutu
    “I am a leader by default, only because nature does not allow a vacuum.”

Etymology

Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
OE. defaute, OF. defaute, defalte, fem., F. défaut, masc., LL. defalta, fr. a verb meaning, to be deficient, to want, fail, fr. L. de-, + fallere, to deceive. See Fault

Usage

In literature:

He is Mr. Erne's legal heir, in default of sufficient testament, I believe.
"The Atlantic Monthly, Vol. 13, No. 79, May, 1864" by Various
There really seems to be no good reason why the contractor should not make good the entire loss consequent upon his default.
"A Compilation of the Messages and Papers of the Presidents" by Grover Cleveland
So long as he was a defaulter to the Government, he could receive no pay for public services.
"The Memories of Fifty Years" by William H. Sparks
If ever you default with all the foolish hearts in New York I'll turn you over to the police.
"Kenny" by Leona Dalrymple
Henry, having no son, had obtained from the emperor a decree that these possessions should descend, in default of male issue, to his daughter.
"The Empire of Austria; Its Rise and Present Power" by John S. C. Abbott
Second that he do on no default Ever presume to sit above the salt.
"English Satires" by Various
William L. Hemmingway a defaulter!
"The Facts of Reconstruction" by John R. Lynch
Perozes determined to enforce his just rights, and marched his troops against the defaulters with this object.
"The Seven Great Monarchies Of The Ancient Eastern World, Vol 7. (of 7): The Sassanian or New Persian Empire" by George Rawlinson
Reason with the robber and the defaulter, and if they will not listen, why, then, let them take our property!
"Elements of Military Art and Science" by Henry Wager Halleck
If the death were by violence, vengeance pertained to the children, and in default of children to the nearest relative.
"The Philippine Islands, 1493-1898, Volume XXI, 1624" by Various
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In poetry:

If Carrie heard, she heeded not,
Default she wholly made,
And John has still a spouseless cot,
If not a buxom maid
"John Marshall's Divorce" by Samuel Alfred Beadle
Fantastic grow the evening gowns;
Agents of the Fisc pursue
Absconding tax-defaulters through
The sewers of provincial towns.
"The Fall of Rome" by W H Auden

In news:

Stocks fell in early trading Monday after congressional leaders failed to agree on a deal to raise the nation's debt limit to avoid default.
Not municipalities which entered into credit default swaps, maybe—though in which case, who was giving them advice?—but nearly everyone else.
In the 1970's, the prospect of filling in a corner of New York Harbor for apartment and office towers was so ambitious and poorly timed that Battery Park City nearly defaulted before it even opened.
The worldwide recession has forced countries around the world to curb public spending — or risk defaulting on their debt.
Among other things, its become almost a default product to buy for baby boomers when they get a bad cholesterol report from the doctor.
Your default Web browser can automatically open a specified Web page.
The most noticeable is a new default interface theme.
Perry junior Sam White, a defending Division I state champion, lost by a 5-0 decision, and Walsh Jesuit senior Chase Skonieczny, a Kent State University recruit, was eliminated by injury default.
Greek Bond Auction Fends Off Default.
Standard & Poor's called the proposal to roll over Greek debt tantamount to default.
Greece Avoids Default With T-Bill Auction.
"If state-owned enterprises can't perform and there isn't a viable domestic private sector, the economy will by default become mostly foreign-owned," warned Andy Xie, an economist for Morgan Stanley Dean Witter in Hong Kong.
As regional water officials ponder how to handle another default on a payment from the Evergreen Pulp mill, company leaders aren't talking about the plant's future.
Michigan movie studio defaults on bond payment, state pension funds to cover costs.
Schaeuble Rules Out Greek Default as Samaras, Troika Bargain.
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In science:

In the following we describe some of these features using a simple example from default logic.
QUIP - A Tool for Computing Nonmonotonic Reasoning Tasks
This testbed provides encodings of various graph problems in terms of default theories or equivalent logic programs.
QUIP - A Tool for Computing Nonmonotonic Reasoning Tasks
Notice that the derivation was for compact domains and the spanning clusters here are by default fractals.
Susceptibility and Percolation in 2D Random Field Ising Magnets
The combinations of default and new parameters provided four sets of model fits per skydip.† Another estimation of τ can be made from the Caltech Submillimetre Observatory (CSO) radiometer measurements at 225 GHz.
The SCUBA Local Universe Galaxy Survey II. 450 micron data - evidence for cold dust in bright IRAS Galaxies
They can be roughly divided into two sets, one set of default channels, where the only process dependence manifests itself in the number of momenta produced, the other set consisting of the channels which are constructed by exploring the phase space structure of specific diagrams.
AMEGIC++ 1.0, A Matrix Element Generator In C++
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