Through all the ups and downs of the past few months, Mitt Romney has remained the default frontrunner—until now.
A default is declared if the taxes are not paid by April of the following year.
Innovative community-based models also can change our default choices for how we live, move, eat, and play.
And their value would surely plummet in the event of a default.
When a public entity defaults, or even acts in a way that makes people suspect it might default, the market freaks out.
In default of identification, it would be turned over for burial among the pauper dead.
She may wish to confess to me in default of the worthy father.
In default of language, I looked Miss Sawley straight in the face, and attempted a substitute for a sigh.
For the default of help she took cold there, and she soon knew that she must die.
The property and effects of the mother pass to her children, and in default of them, to her sisters, own and collateral.
early 13c., "offense, crime, sin," later (late 13c.) "failure, failure to act," from Old French defaute (12c.) "fault, defect, failure, culpability, lack, privation," from Vulgar Latin *defallita "a deficiency or failure," past participle of *defallere, from Latin de- "away" (see de-) + fallere "to deceive, to cheat; to put wrong, to lead astray, cause to be mistaken; to escape notice of, be concealed from" (see fail (v.)). The financial sense is first recorded 1858; the computing sense is from 1966.
late 14c., "be lacking, be missing," also "become weak," from default (n.). Related: Defaulted; defaulting.
Failure to pay a debt when it is due.