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  1. a person who defaults or fails to fulfill an obligation, especially a legal or financial one.
  2. British. a soldier convicted by court-martial.
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Origin of defaulter

First recorded in 1660–70; default + -er1
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Related Words for defaulter

defaulter, borrower, debtor, offender, hoodlum, felon, wrongdoer, lawbreaker, disappointment, account, bankrupt, deadbeat, risk, welsher, mortgagor, malefactor, reprobate, culprit, miscreant, desperado

Examples from the Web for defaulter

Historical Examples of defaulter

  • Of course not; I am myself a defaulter in having told the matter to you.

    Roland Cashel

    Charles James Lever

  • There, muffled closely, is the wife of a defaulter, who was caught in the act.

  • For who could tell the name of a defaulter at the station, but Mrs. Darcy?

    My New Curate

    P.A. Sheehan

  • My brother is a defaulter in the —— Bank, of which he was president.

    Jessie Carlton

    Francis Forrester

  • I will not have my daughter's name connected with that of a defaulter.

    The Celebrity, Complete

    Winston Churchill

British Dictionary definitions for defaulter


  1. a person who defaults
  2. mainly British a person, esp a soldier, who has broken the disciplinary code of his service
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