default

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[deĀ·fault]

As a setting, a default is automatic. You weren't sure why your new TV kept returning to the factory defaults until you realized you were sitting on the remote.

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A failing or failure; omission of that which ought to be done; neglect to do whaduty or law requires; as, this evil has happened through the governor's default.

Noun
loss due to not showing up; "he lost the game by default"

Noun
an option that is selected automatically unless an alternative is specified

Noun
loss resulting from failure of a debt to be paid

Noun
act of failing to meet a financial obligation

Verb
fail to pay up

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n.
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.

n.
Fault; offense; ill deed; wrong act; failure in virtue or wisdom.

n.
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.

v. i.
To fail in duty; to offend.

v. i.
To fail in fulfilling a contract, agreement, or duty.

v. i.
To fail to appear in court; to let a case go by default.

v. t.
To fail to perform or pay; to be guilty of neglect of; to omit; as, to default a dividend.

v. t.
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.

v. t.
To leave out of account; to omit.


Default

De*fault" , n. [OE. defaute, OF. defaute, defalte, fem., F. d'82faut, masc., LL. defalta, fr. a verb meaning, to be deficient, to want, fail, fr. L. de- + fallere to deceive. See Fault.] 1. A failing or failure; omission of that which ought to be done; neglect to do whaduty 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.
Regardless of our merit or default.
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.
Cooks could make artificial birds and fishes in default of the real ones.
-- To suffer a default (Law), to permit an action to be called without appearing to answer.

Default

De*fault", v. i. [imp. & p. p. Defaulted; p. pr. & vb. n. Defaulting.] 1. To fail in duty; to offend.
That he gainst courtesy so foully did default.
2. To fail in fulfilling a contract, agreement, or duty. 3. To fail to appear in court; to let a case go by default.

Default

De*fault", v. t. 1. 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.
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. [Obs.]
Defaulting unnecessary and partial discourses.

A failing or failure; omission of that which ought to be done; neglect to do whaduty or law requires; as, this evil has happened through the governor's default.

To fail in duty; to offend.

To fail to perform or pay; to be guilty of neglect of; to omit; as, to default a dividend.

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Usage Examples

The people who did the collateralized mortgage obligations, sold them to pension funds, then sold them short, then bought credit default swap insurance on them, are just amazing. They are a law unto themselves.

Over and over again, financial experts and wonkish talking heads endeavor to explain these mysterious, 'toxic' financial instruments to us lay folk. Over and over, they ignobly fail, because we all know that no one understands credit default obligations and derivatives, except perhaps Mr. Buffett and the computers who created them.

It is impossible to live without failing at something, unless you live so cautiously that you might has well not have lived at all, in which case you have failed by default.

By virtue of some of the ways the game is played, in terms of message discipline, in terms of access for reporters, and especially in the way that sources and subjects, especially famous subjects, treat the media, almost by default there's more news that's falling into books.

The thing is, Obama is right that it would be a calamity for the government to default on its debt by not meeting its obligations. Such a thing has never happened and can't be allowed to happen.

Misspelled Form

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Other Usage Examples

Sadness is a very interesting idea, this idea of sadness being some kind of default setting that artists will go into. And then I started thinking about this idea of sadness and happiness, and the idea that sadness is very loud, and happiness is quiet.

I love being on stage. I'm completely, totally relaxed. It's the only time in my life when I know where I am and what's coming next. The other Robert Powell is probably fairly melancholic. Let's just say happiness isn't my default position. There are dark parts. I'm very good at it. I frighten people sometimes.

Giving governors more leeway in administering health care could represent a small, positive development in the ongoing saga of Obamacare. Unfortunately, instead of choosing flexibility, President Obama and his left-leaning advisers always default to rigid 'Washington knows best' answers.

I was a big fan of 'The Smurfs' growing up, even though by default - my mom used to force me to watch because she was a 'Smurfs' fan.

We believe that it is very important that we have hopefully averted what would have been the most substantial headwind of all, which is a default for the first time in our history, and that that will contribute to a more positive environment that we hope will allow for greater growth and job creation.

I think anybody who's doing work in their teen years on TV or in the movies, you're a teen idol by default.

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