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default -- as in: defaulted on their loan
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as in: defaulted on their loan Define
failing to meet a financial obligation--such as making a monthly payment on a debt
  • If I don’t sell my home, I’ll have to default on my loan.
  • I defaulted on my car loan and they repossessed my car.
  • Somebody broke down in a piece of knitting, and no one but Sophy was able to put the defaulter in the right direction.
    Charles Dickens  --  David Copperfield
  • A large ledger lay open at the note of some wretched defaulter, William atte Lane, who had been condemned to be hanged, suspendatur, for looting.
    T. H. White  --  The Once and Future King

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  • "Still, to have kept her grandmother’s carriage at a defaulter’s door!"
    Edith Wharton  --  The Age of Innocence
  • His name had been proclaimed as a defaulter on the Stock Exchange, and his bankruptcy and commercial extermination had followed.
    William Makepeace Thackeray  --  Vanity Fair
  • If she had occasion to find fault, she did it coolly and with perfect politeness, which the defaulter felt to be a bigger insult than crassness.
    D.H. Lawrence  --  Sons and Lovers
  • Labeled a traitor to his party and section and an ally of the Whigs and British, Benton openly lost the support of prominent candidates for the Missouri Legislature and was subject to all manner of personal attacks—as a nonresident, a defaulter in his debts, and one contemptuous of public opinion.
    John F. Kennedy  --  Profiles in Courage
  • Woe to the defaulter whose appeal lay to the tribunal where those severe eyes presided.
    Charles Dickens  --  Little Dorrit
  • The cheat, the defaulter, the gambler, cannot extort the knowledge of material and moral nature which his honest care and pains yield to the operative.
    Ralph Waldo Emerson  --  Selected Essays

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  • ’I haven’t got it, Mr Pancks,’ Defaulter would reply.
    Charles Dickens  --  Little Dorrit
  • Defaulter would admit, with a low-spirited ’No, sir,’ having no such expectation.
    Charles Dickens  --  Little Dorrit
  • The Defaulter would make answer, ’Ah, Mr Pancks.
    Charles Dickens  --  Little Dorrit
  • No, believe me!’ the Defaulter would proceed with a shake of the head.
    Charles Dickens  --  Little Dorrit
  • ’No, sir,’ the Defaulter would reply.
    Charles Dickens  --  Little Dorrit
  • ’You’d be easier with us if you were Mr Merdle, sir,’ the Defaulter would go on with rising spirits, ’and it would be better for all parties.
    Charles Dickens  --  Little Dorrit
  • He could only bite his nails and puff away to the next Defaulter.
    Charles Dickens  --  Little Dorrit
  • ’I had hoped it might not be so bad,’ he said: ’but I had feared a heavy loss there, knowing the connection between her husband and the defaulter.’
    Charles Dickens  --  Little Dorrit
  • They always received a reference of this kind with a low murmur of response, as if it were convincing; and the Defaulter, however black and discomfited before, always cheered up a little in making it.
    Charles Dickens  --  Little Dorrit
  • The responsive Bleeding Hearts would then gather round the Defaulter whom he had just abandoned, and the most extravagant rumours would circulate among them, to their great comfort, touching the amount of Mr Merdle’s ready money.
    Charles Dickens  --  Little Dorrit
  • With bitter exasperation, Washington exclaimed: "I would rather be in my grave than in the Presidency"; and to Jefferson he wrote: I am accused of being the enemy of America, and subject to the influence of a foreign country . and every act of my administration is tortured, in such exaggerated and indecent terms as could scarcely be applied to Nero, to a notorious defaulter, or even to a common pickpocket.
    John F. Kennedy  --  Profiles in Courage
  • (By the way, Master Osborne, you came a little late this morning, and have been a defaulter in this respect more than once.
    William Makepeace Thackeray  --  Vanity Fair
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as in: the default options Define
an automatic result that happens (or already happened) unless it is changed by intentional action
as in: defaulted on their loan Define
failing to meet a financial obligation--such as making a monthly payment on a debt
as in: lost by default Define
a result in a competition due to a competitor not showing up or not meeting minimum requirements
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