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English definition of “default”

default

noun [C/U] (FAILURE TO DO)   /dɪˈfɔlt, ˈdi·fɔlt/
a failure to do something that you legally have to do, such as pay a debt: [C] Defaults rose to 4 percent of all the bank’s loans. In sports, to win or lose by default is to win or lose because one side did not compete: [U] Humphrey never showed up, so Wilson won by default.
(Definition of default noun (FAILURE TO DO) from the Cambridge Academic Content Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)
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