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Noun
The failure to repay what is owed
“To require the pledgor to sign the form would create practical difficulties, since he may be uncooperative because of his default on the loan.”
Noun
(obsolete) A neglect of one's duty or responsibility
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“This evil has happened through the governor's default.”
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(law) The failure of a defendant to appear (to answer a summons or complaint)
“In spite of the defendant's default, evidence must always be taken, with the burden of proof remaining on the plaintiff.”
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The state of being devoid of something
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An instance of not meeting a quota, debt, or payment
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Declaring bankruptcy
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Verb
To fail to fulfill an obligation or payment
“All too often, the only recourse a student has, once he finds his training deficient and his promised job nonexistent, is to default on his loan.”
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To revert or return to a safe or automatic selection
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“The fancy font on your web page will default to what is on the person's computer, creating a distorted looking font.”
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(of a business) To go bankrupt
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Fail to meet a commitment to make a regular payment
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To renege on, or fail to honor, an obligation or promise
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To refuse or be unwilling to accept or do something
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(of a game or contest) To fail to win
Adjective
Something that is usual or standard
“Others may ignore their accounts and settle for the default investment option, which will likely be conservative with a low investment return.”
Adjective
Done spontaneously or without thinking
“His default excuse always seems to be that he is too busy.”
Adjective
According to one's preferences or tastes
“My default music is upbeat, smooth jazz with a Latin influence.”
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