Synonyms of 'default'
a failure to do something, esp. to meet a financial obligation or to appear in courtThe other team failed to turn up so we won by default.
They didn't prove his case of a failure of duty.
The men were daily becoming weaker for want of rest.
Despite his lack of experience, he got the job.
His manners always made her blind to his faults.
In the absence of a will, the courts decide who the guardian is.
her deliberate neglect of her professional duty
The report pointed out the defects in the present system.
They did tests for signs of vitamin deficiency.
The incident was being seen as a serious security lapse.
an injury occasioned by any omission of the defendant
He pleaded guilty to wilful dereliction of duty.
a failure to do something, esp. to meet a financial obligation or to appear in courtThe country can't pay its foreign debts and default is inevitable.
failure to pay,
to fail to fulfil an obligation, esp. to make payment when dueMany borrowers are defaulting on loans.
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in the sense of absence
the fact of being without somethingIn the absence of a will, the courts decide who the guardian is.
in the sense of defect
an imperfection or blemishThe report pointed out the defects in the present system.
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