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default (plural defaults)
- (finance) The condition of failing to meet an obligation.
- He failed to make payments on time and is now in default.
- You may cure this default by paying the full amount within a week.
- (electronics, computing) the original software programming settings as set by the factory
- A loss incurred by failing to compete.
- The team's three losses include one default.
- A selection made in the absence of an alternative.
- The man became the leader of the group as a default.
- 2011 December 15, Felicity Cloake, “How to cook the perfect nut roast”, Guardian:
- One of the darlings of the early vegetarian movement (particularly in its even sadder form, the cutlet), it was on the menu at John Harvey Kellogg's Battle Creek Sanitarium [sic], and has since become the default Sunday option for vegetarians – and a default source of derision for everyone else.
- (often attributive) A value used when none has been given; a tentative value or standard that is presumed.
- If you don't specify a number of items, the default is 1.
- (law) The failure of a defendant to appear and answer a summons and complaint.
financedefault condition of failing to meet an obligation
electronicsdefault original settings
value used when none has been given.
lawdefault failure of defendant to appear
- (intransitive) To fail to meet an obligation.
- If you do not make your payments, you will default on your loan.
- (intransitive) To lose a competition by failing to compete.
- If you refuse to wear a proper uniform, you will not be allowed to compete and will default this match.
- (intransitive, computing) To assume a value when none was given; to presume a tentative value or standard.
- If you don't specify a number of items, it defaults to 1.
- (intransitive, law) To fail to appear and answer a summons and complaint.