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1. Failure to perform a task or fulfill an obligation, especially failure to meet a financial obligation: in default on a loan.
2. Law Failure of a party in a case to make a required court appearance.
3. The failure of one or more competitors or teams to participate in a contest: won the championship by default.
a. Computers A particular setting or value for a variable that is assigned automatically by an operating system and remains in effect unless canceled or overridden by the operator: changed the default for the page margins.
b. A situation or condition that is the case in the absence of active intervention.
v. de·fault·ed, de·fault·ing, de·faults
a. To fail to do what is required.
b. To fail to pay money when it is due.
2. Computers To revert to a default.
a. To fail to appear in court as a party to a case when summoned.
b. To lose a case by not appearing.
4. To fail to take part in or complete a scheduled contest.
1. To fail to perform or pay.
2. Law To lose (a case) by failing to appear in court.
3. To fail to take part in or complete (a contest, for example).
in default of
Through the failure, absence, or lack of.
[Middle English defaute, from Old French, from past participle of defaillir, to fail, grow weak : de-, intensive pref.; see de- + faillir; see fail.]
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1. (Law) a person who defaults
2. (Banking & Finance) a person who defaults
3. (Military) chiefly Brit a person, esp a soldier, who has broken the disciplinary code of his or her service
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|Noun||1.||defaulter - someone who fails to make a required appearance in court|
absentee - one that is absent or not in residence
|2.||defaulter - someone who fails to meet a financial obligation|
deadbeat dad - a father who willfully defaults on his obligation to provide financial support for his offspring
|3.||defaulter - a contestant who forfeits a match|
contestant - a person who participates in competitions
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1. (Comm, Fin) (on payments) → moroso/a m/f
2. (Mil) → rebelde mf
Collins Spanish Dictionary - Complete and Unabridged 8th Edition 2005 © William Collins Sons & Co. Ltd. 1971, 1988 © HarperCollins Publishers 1992, 1993, 1996, 1997, 2000, 2003, 2005
defaulter[dɪˈfɔːltər] n (on debt) → débiteur/trice m/f défaillant(e)default option n (COMPUTING) → option f par défaut
Collins English/French Electronic Resource. © HarperCollins Publishers 2005
Collins German Dictionary – Complete and Unabridged 7th Edition 2005. © William Collins Sons & Co. Ltd. 1980 © HarperCollins Publishers 1991, 1997, 1999, 2004, 2005, 2007
defaulter[dɪˈfɔːltəʳ] n (on debt) → inadempiente m/f, debitore/trice moroso/a (Law) (at trial) → contumace m/f
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