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Synonyms of 'default'

(noun) 
Definition
a failure to do something, esp. to meet a financial obligation or to appear in court
The other team failed to turn up so we won by default.
Synonyms
failure
They didn't prove his case of a failure of duty.
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want
The men were daily becoming weaker for want of rest.
,
lack
Despite his lack of experience, he got the job.
,
fault
His manners always made her blind to his faults.
,
absence
In the absence of a will, the courts decide who the guardian is.
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neglect
her deliberate neglect of her professional duty
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defect
The report pointed out the defects in the present system.
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deficiency
They did tests for signs of vitamin deficiency.
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lapse
The incident was being seen as a serious security lapse.
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omission
an injury occasioned by any omission of the defendant
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dereliction
He pleaded guilty to wilful dereliction of duty.
(noun) 
Definition
a failure to do something, esp. to meet a financial obligation or to appear in court
The country can't pay its foreign debts and default is inevitable.
Synonyms
nonpayment
, ,
failure to pay
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non-remittance
(verb) 
Definition
to fail to fulfil an obligation, esp. to make payment when due
Many borrowers are defaulting on loans.
Synonyms
fail to pay
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dodge
Thieves dodged the security system in the shop.
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evade
He managed to evade the police for six months.
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fall behind
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rat (informal)
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neglect
If you don't keep an eye on them, children tend to neglect their homework.
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levant (British)
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go into arrears
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welch or welsh (slang)

Additional synonyms

in the sense of absence
Definition
the fact of being without something
In the absence of a will, the courts decide who the guardian is.
Synonyms
privation (formal),
unavailability,
nonexistence
in the sense of defect
Definition
an imperfection or blemish
The report pointed out the defects in the present system.
in the sense of deficiency
Definition
a lack or shortage
They did tests for signs of vitamin deficiency.

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