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DEFAULT, n.

1. A failing, or failure; an omission of that which ought to be done; neglect to do what duty or law requires; as, this evil has happened through the governors default. A default or fault, may be a crime, a vice, or a mere defect, according to the nature of the duty omitted.

2. Defect; want; failure.

Cooks could make artificial birds, in default of real ones.

3. In law, a failure of appearance in court at a day assigned, particularly of the defendant in a suit when called to make answer. It may be applied to jurors, witnesses, &c.; but a plaintiffs failing to appear by himself or attorney, is usually called a non-appearance.

To suffer default, is to permit an action to be called without appearing or answering; applied to a defendant.



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DEFAULT, n.

1. A failing, or failure; an omission of that which ought to be done; neglect to do what duty or law requires; as, this evil has happened through the governors default. A default or fault, may be a crime, a vice, or a mere defect, according to the nature of the duty omitted.

2. Defect; want; failure.

Cooks could make artificial birds, in default of real ones.

3. In law, a failure of appearance in court at a day assigned, particularly of the defendant in a suit when called to make answer. It may be applied to jurors, witnesses, &c.; but a plaintiffs failing to appear by himself or attorney, is usually called a non-appearance.

To suffer default, is to permit an action to be called without appearing or answering; applied to a defendant.

DE-FAULT', n. [Fr. defaut, for default, from defaillir, to fail; de and faillir, to fail. See Fail and Fault.]

  1. A failing, or failure; an 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. A default or fault, may be a crime, a vice, or a mere defect, according to the nature of the duty omitted.
  2. Defect; want; failure. Cooks could make artificial birds, in default of real ones. – Arbuthnot.
  3. In law, a failure of appearance in court at a day assigned, particularly of the defendant in a suit when called to make answer. It may be applied to jurors, witnesses, &c.; but a plaintif's failing to appear by himself or attorney, is usually called a non-appearance. To suffer a default, is to permit an action to be called without appearing or answering; applied to a defendant.

DE-FAULT', v.i.

To fail in performing a contract or agreement. – Johnson.


DE-FAULT', v.t.

  1. In law, to call out a defendant [according to the common expression]. To call a defendant officially, to appear and answer in court, and on his failing to answer, to declare him in default, and enter judgment against him; as, let the defendant be defaulted. No costs are to be awarded for such town, if defaulted. – Mass. Laws.
  2. To call out a cause, in which the defendant does not appear, and enter judgment on the default; as, the cause was defaulted.
  3. To fail in performance. – Milton.

DE-FAULT', v.t.

To offend. [Obs.]


De*fault"
  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. To fail in duty] to offend.

    That he gainst courtesy so foully did default. Spenser.

  3. To fail to perform or pay; to be guilty of neglect of; to omit; as, to default a dividend.

    What they have defaulted towards him as no king. Milton.

  4. Fault; offense; ill deed; wrong act; failure in virtue or wisdom.

    And pardon craved for his so rash default. Spenser.

    Regardless of our merit or default. Pope.

  5. To fail in fulfilling a contract, agreement, or duty.
  6. 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.
  7. 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.

    In default of, in case of failure or lack of.

    Cooks could make artificial birds and fishes in default of the real ones. Arbuthnot.

    -- To suffer a default (Law), to permit an action to be called without appearing to answer.

  8. To fail to appear in court; to let a case go by default.
  9. To leave out of account; to omit.

    [Obs.]

    Defaulting unnecessary and partial discourses. Hales.

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Default

DEFAULT, noun

1. A failing, or failure; an omission of that which ought to be done; neglect to do what duty or law requires; as, this evil has happened through the governors default A default or fault, may be a crime, a vice, or a mere defect, according to the nature of the duty omitted.

2. Defect; want; failure.

Cooks could make artificial birds, in default of real ones.

3. In law, a failure of appearance in court at a day assigned, particularly of the defendant in a suit when called to make answer. It may be applied to jurors, witnesses, etc.; but a plaintiffs failing to appear by himself or attorney, is usually called a non-appearance.

To suffer default is to permit an action to be called without appearing or answering; applied to a defendant.

DEFAULT, verb intransitive To fail in performing a contract or agreement.

DEFAULT, verb transitive

1. In law, to call out a defendant, (according to common expression.) To call a defendant officially, to appear and answer in court, and on his failing to answer, to declare him in default and enter judgement against him; as, let the defendant be defaulted.

No costs are to be awarded for such town, if defaulted.

2. To call out a cause, in which the defendant does not appear, and enter judgment on the default; as, the cause was defaulted.

3. To fail in performance.

DEFAULT, verb transitive To offend.

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