Definition of


  1. (noun, act) loss due to not showing up
  2. (noun, possession) act of failing to meet a financial obligation
  3. (noun, possession) loss resulting from failure of a debt to be paid
  4. (noun, cognition) an option that is selected automatically unless an alternative is specified
  5. (verb, possession) fail to pay up

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Antonyms of Default

pay up

Alternate forms of Default

Derivations: default, defaulter

Hyponyms: delinquency

Hypernyms: absence, alternative, choice, fail, failure, financial loss, loss, neglect, option

Origin of the word Default

  1. early 13c., "failure, failure to act," from O.Fr. defaute (12c.) "fault, defect, failure, culpability, lack, privation," from V.L. *defallita "a deficiency or failure," pp. of *defallere, from L. de- "away" + fallere "to deceive, to cheat; to put wrong, to lead astray, cause to be mistaken; to escape notice of, be concealed from." The financia… more

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