• WordNet 3.6
    • n defaulter a contestant who forfeits a match
    • n defaulter someone who fails to meet a financial obligation
    • n defaulter someone who fails to make a required appearance in court
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
    • Defaulter One who fails to perform a duty; a delinquent; particularly, one who fails to account for public money intrusted to his care; a peculator; a defalcator.
    • Defaulter One who makes default; one who fails to appear in court when court when called.
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
    • n defaulter One who makes default; one who fails to fulfil an obligation or a duty of any kind; especially, one who fails to appear in court when required, or to pay a debt when due, or to make proper returns of funds intrusted to his care.
    • n defaulter In the British service, a soldier accused of a military offense.
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
    • n Defaulter one who fails to appear in court, or to account for money entrusted to his care, or to settle a debt of honour
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  • 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.”


Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
O. Fr. defaute and defaultde = L. dis, apart, and faute.


In literature:

Realism does not necessarily imply only the representation of the mean and the defaulting.
"George Du Maurier, the Satirist of the Victorians" by T. Martin Wood
According to the former, all such property is liable to be seized or destroyed, in default of a "Brandschatz," or ransom.
"Letters To "The Times" Upon War And Neutrality (1881-1920)" by Thomas Erskine Holland
He too swore lustily at the defaulting duenna.
"Jaffery" by William J. Locke
Was he a fraudulent merchant, or a bank-defaulter?
"Continental Monthly, Vol. I, No. V, May, 1862" by Various
In default of canvas, the walls may be constructed of other materials.
"The Art of Travel" by Francis Galton
She should buy the kettle when Rachel's "sticks" were sold by the landlord in default of the rent.
"Red Pottage" by Mary Cholmondeley
It is a time when, in default of being conventionally cold, every one becomes intensely cool.
"Punch, or the London Charivari, Vol. 1, October 23, 1841" by Various
The old woodsman knew the defaulter for a reckless and determined man.
"The Silent Places" by Steward Edward White
A stubborn fight took place, but this time it was some of the English ships that were defaulters.
"History of Holland" by George Edmundson
The cases of hopeless default, leading to a sale of the land, were only fifty-four.
"The Framework of Home Rule" by Erskine Childers
The practical effect has been that our case has been lost by default before the tribunal of public opinion.
"A Century of Wrong" by F. W. Reitz
What if the Sheriff is a strong Nationalist, and makes default?
"A Leap in the Dark" by A.V. Dicey
Pray do not despise your delinquent debtor; his default is no proof of poverty.
"The Collected Works of Ambrose Bierce, Volume 8" by Ambrose Bierce
By some extraordinary neglect or default nearly 600 men were left to their fate.
"A Handbook of the Boer War" by Gale and Polden, Limited
In default of good instruments we content ourselves with those we have.
"The Age of Erasmus" by P. S. Allen
It is a time when, in default of being conventionally cold, every one becomes intensely cool.
"Punch, or the London Charivari, Volume 1, Complete" by Various
But though we turned out the crews of two boats in default of dogs, not a hare shewed its ears; and we gave up the search disappointed.
"Chambers's Edinburgh Journal, No. 428" by Various
Cyane, in default of reparation from the local authorities for an attack by a mob on the United States consul at that place.
"The Constitution of the United States of America: Analysis and Interpretation"
Meanwhile the day of sacrifice has arrived and, in default of a better, a victim is found.
"The Growth of English Drama" by Arnold Wynne
Merchants, in default of their usual help from bankers, suspended payment.
"Personal Recollections of Birmingham and Birmingham Men" by E. Edwards

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:

The "Jeer" blamed "bitter partisan wrangling in Congress" for the danger of financial default strangling our postal system.
That is no small feat given that Argentina, South America's third-largest economy, is inching closer to its second sovereign debt default in the past 11 years.
China's US$20 billion solar industry is avoiding loan defaults and mergers by taking aid from local governments, preserving jobs at money-losing companies such as LDK Solar Co (????
House Republicans were prepared to wreck the economy with a default unless they got their way.
Give Word a More Readable Default Font.
The Journal did some three-yards-and-a-cloud-of-dust work last week on Wall Street's retrograde lobbying efforts—particularly to keep credit-default swaps from being heavily regulated.
Maybe Republican and Democratic negotiators will eventually do what they've always done: agree to a last-minute deal to raise the nation's debt limit in time to avoid default.
The institution closed in September 2011 the wake of defaulting on its mortgage and $1.
Why does California have a $26 billion hole in its budget that has placed it on the brink of default.
In the event of default, the second mortgage is repaid after the first.
The institution closed in September 2011 in the wake of defaulting on its mortgage and $1.
Mixed amid the recent wave of bankruptcies, defaults and foreclosures, there has been a trickle of hotel transactions sparking hope that distressed assets can and will be sold.
Privacy experts criticize moves to sidestep IE10's default Do Not Track settings.
The struggling US Postal Service on Thursday reported an annual loss of a record $15.9 billion and forecast more red ink in 2013, capping a tumultuous year in which it was forced to default on billions in payments to avert bankruptcy.
Unrepaired Education Department System Leaves Thousands Stuck in Default.

In science:

We show that this avoids the implausibilities that might otherwise result from the chaining of default inferences.
Evaluating Defaults
The model proportions, when construed in terms of frequencies, provide a verifiable grounding of default rules, and can become the basis for generating default rules from statistics.
Evaluating Defaults
This is precisely the reason why we need an independent measure of validity for default rules and default extensions.
Evaluating Defaults
From this point of view default rules require some defense.
Evaluating Defaults
We will concentrate on default logic here, though much of what we have to say will apply to other nonmonotonic approaches as well.
Evaluating Defaults
It is the interaction between the default rules and evidence that gives rise to the selective preference above.
Evaluating Defaults
The first is to revise the default theory so that the desired result is achieved [Reiter and Criscuolo, 1981].
Evaluating Defaults
With this approach we have to constantly revise the default rules to take into account additional exceptions.
Evaluating Defaults
Another approach is to establish some priority structure over the set of defaults.
Evaluating Defaults
It is not obvious how we can extend the hierarchical structure without resorting to explicitly enumerating the priority relations between the default rules [Brewka, 1989, Brewka, 1994].
Evaluating Defaults
Defaults are interpreted as representing properties of conditional probabilities.
Evaluating Defaults
This approach provides a probabilistic semantics for default rules, but in a way which does not represent the fact that the conclusions are accepted .
Evaluating Defaults
In original default logic, Γ would just be an extension.
Evaluating Defaults
What defaults are plausible depends, of course, on background knowledge.
Evaluating Defaults
Thus in general we will represent the set of default rules of a default theory as ∆K rather than D, since we take them to be a function of our body of general knowledge K .
Evaluating Defaults