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[dih-fawl-ter] /dɪˈfɔl tər/
a person who defaults or fails to fulfill an obligation, especially a legal or financial one.
British. a soldier convicted by court-martial.
Origin of defaulter
1660-70; default + -er1 Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2015.
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  • His companion went on with a smile, "Don't suppose that I am a defaulter or a thief on my way to Canada," he said.

    Bernard Brooks' Adventures Horatio Alger, Jr.
  • My brother is a defaulter in the —— Bank, of which he was president.

    Jessie Carlton Francis Forrester
  • But nothing he found to say shook her determination not to make an example of the defaulter at the expense of his wife.

    Linda Lee, Incorporated Louis Joseph Vance
  • Of course not; I am myself a defaulter in having told the matter to you.

    Roland Cashel Charles James Lever
  • This disobedience displeased the Inquisitor General, and he sent to fetch the defaulter.

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

  • Anyway, the American defaulter who goes to Canada never makes any effort to grow up with the country.

    The Quality of Mercy W. D. Howells
  • For who could tell the name of a defaulter at the station, but Mrs. Darcy?

    My New Curate P.A. Sheehan
  • He came gradually to hate the thought of Bolsover, and the idea of being a defaulter to the place worried him beyond measure.

    A Dog with a Bad Name Talbot Baines Reed
  • And she had gone in order to save him and his father; and his father was a defaulter!

British Dictionary definitions for defaulter


a person who defaults
(mainly Brit) a person, esp a soldier, who has broken the disciplinary code of his service
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition
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