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Definition of Default

Default

  1. 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.
  2. Fault; offense; ill deed; wrong act; failure in virtue or wisdom.
  3. 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.
  4. To fail in duty; to offend.
  5. To fail in fulfilling a contract, agreement, or duty.
  6. To fail to appear in court; to let a case go by default.
  7. To fail to perform or pay; to be guilty of neglect of; to omit; as, to default a dividend.
  8. 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.
  9. To leave out of account; to omit.

Default Quotations

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

I was only a hero by default. The flights were few and far between. There weren't that many astronauts. The moon flights were so interesting and exciting.
Jim Lovell

Pessimism is my default setting.
Miranda Hart

We often hear that people mean well: that so many just don't how to interact with people with disabilities. They're unsure of the 'right' reaction, so they default to condescension that makes them feel better in the face of their discomfort.
Stella Young

By default, most of us have taken the dare to simply survive. Exist. Get through. For the most part, we live numb to life - we've grown weary and apathetic and jaded... and wounded.
Ann Voskamp
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Default Translations

default in German is vorgegebener Wert, Voreinstellung, Vorgabe
default in Swedish is huvudsaklig
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