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But in default of that, an old one or a story would be welcomed.

She may wish to confess to me in default of the worthy father.

He would have to go home to Anna, and confess that he was beaten by default.

For the default of help she took cold there, and she soon knew that she must die.

In default of written testimony let us consult monumental evidence.

He was perpetually giving an account of it to his own soul in default of other listeners.

Our schools are democratic by default of social interest in them, so to speak.

Default in the payment of interest throws the road into the hands of a receiver.

Imprimis of Jane Shaxper for default of sute of court fined, 4d.

After this, in default of sufficient cavalry, there was no choice but to retire.

WORD ORIGIN

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.

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