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[ dih-fawlt ]
/ dɪˈfɔlt /

noun

verb (used without object)

verb (used with object)


Nearby words

  1. defamation,
  2. defamatory,
  3. defame,
  4. defamiliarization,
  5. defang,
  6. defaulter,
  7. defcon,
  8. defeasance,
  9. defease,
  10. defeasible

Origin of default

1175–1225; Middle English defau(l)te < Anglo-French defalte, Old French defaute, derivative of defaillir, after faute, faillir. See de-, fault, fail

Related formsnon·de·fault·ing, adjective, nounpre·de·fault, noun, verbun·de·fault·ed, adjectiveun·de·fault·ing, adjective

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British Dictionary definitions for default

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/ (dɪˈfɔːlt) /

noun

verb

Word Origin for default

C13: from Old French defaute, from defaillir to fail, from Vulgar Latin dēfallīre (unattested) to be lacking

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Word Origin and History for default
Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper

Culture definitions for default

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Failure to pay a debt when it is due.

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Idioms and Phrases with default

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see in default of.

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