n. failure to act; an option that is selected automatically
n. failure to fulfill an obligation, failure to money when it is due
When the visiting team failed to show up for the big game, they lost the game by default.
Republicans and Democrats in Congress lumbered through a day of political maneuvering Saturday while a threatened default by the Treasury crept uncomfortably closer.
Sentence in Classic:
If, in return for your most agreeable company, I were not to set a few champagne corks flying, I should be indeed in default.
Dead Souls By Nikolai Vasilievich Gogol Context
Thus he discoursed gravely and paternally; in default of examples, he invented parables, going directly to the point, with few phrases and many images, which characteristic formed the real eloquence of Jesus Christ.
Les Misérables (V1) By Victor Hugo Context
They strike it cleverly in its vulnerable spot, in default of a cuirass, in its lack of logic; they attacked this revolution in its royalty.
Les Misérables (V4) By Victor Hugo Context
They have been in her family as servants; and, in default of any other school to receive them, she has, in many cases, had them instructed in a family school, with her own children.
Uncle Tom's Cabin By Harriet Beecher Stowe Context
Somebody broke down in a piece of knitting, and no one but Sophy was able to put the defaulter in the right direction.
David Copperfield By Charles Dickens Context