Default

Definition of Default

De`fault´
n.1.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.
2.Fault; offense; ill deed; wrong act; failure in virtue or wisdom.
And pardon craved for his so rash default.
- Spenser.
Regardless of our merit or default.
- Pope.
3.(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.
In default of
in case of failure or lack of.
v. i.1.To fail in duty; to offend.
[imp. & p. p. Defaulted; p. pr. & vb. n. Defaulting.]
That he gainst courtesy so foully did default.
- Spenser.
2.To fail in fulfilling a contract, agreement, or duty.
3.To fail to appear in court; to let a case go by default.
v. t.1.To fail to perform or pay; to be guilty of neglect of; to omit; as, to default a dividend.
2.(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.
3.To leave out of account; to omit.

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