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default (option)

Definition:

an option that is selected automatically unless an alternative is specified

Class:

cognition noun (cognitive processes and contents)

Plural:

defaults

Original source:

Princeton WordNet

Etymology:

[noun] "offense, crime, sin", later (late 13th century) "failure, failure ... | ...
(Source: Online Etymology)  [more]

All senses of default...

Definition references

Collins Dictionary:

default option

[computing] the preset selection of an option offered by a system, which will always be followed except when explicitly altered | the choice of action ... (24 of 351 words, 2 definitions, 3 usage examples, pronunciation)

www​.collinsdictionary​.com​/dictionary​/english​/default-option

Oxford Dictionary:

default | default to | by default | go by default | in default | in default of

failure to fulfil an obligation, especially to repay a loan or appear in a law court | [singular] : a preselected option adopted by a computer program ... (26 of 328 words, 11 definitions, 15 usage examples, pronunciations)

oxforddictionaries​.com​/definition​/english​/default

Random House Dictionary:

default

failure to act; inaction or neglect. | failure to meet financial obligations. | [law] failure to perform an act or obligation legally required, ... (21 of 220 words, 14 definitions, 4 usage examples, pronunciation)

dictionary​.infoplease​.com​/default

American Heritage Dictionary:

default | defaulted [past tense] | defaulting [present participle] | defaults [3rd-person singular present] | defaulter [noun, related]

Failure to perform a task or fulfill an obligation, especially failure to meet a financial obligation | [law] Failure to make a required court ... (23 of 213 words, 13 definitions, 3 usage examples, pronunciation)

www​.yourdictionary​.com​/default

Merriam-Webster:

default [entry 1, noun] | in default of | neglect [synonym, sense-specific] | fault [synonym, sense-specific] | failure [synonym, sense-specific] | delinquency [synonym, sense-specific] | dereliction [synonym, sense-specific] | misprision [synonym, sense-specific] | negligence [synonym, sense-specific] | ...

failure to do something required by duty or law; "neglect" | [archaic] "fault" | a failure to pay financial debts | failure to appear at the required ... (24 of 206 words, 6 definitions, 2 usage examples, pronunciation)

www​.merriam-webster​.com​/dictionary​/default

default [entry 2, verb] | defaulter [noun, related]

to fail to fulfill a contract, agreement, or duty: as ; to fail to meet a ... | to make a default selection | to fail to perform, pay, or make good | ... (30 of 136 words, 4 definitions, 2 usage examples)

www​.merriam-webster​.com​/dictionary​/default show=1

New World Dictionary:

default | defaulter [noun, related]

failure to do something or be somewhere when required or expected; ... | [computers] a preset choice, setting, etc. for automatic use as by a program ... (25 of 168 words, 7 definitions, 1 usage example, pronunciation)

www​.yourdictionary​.com​/default

Macmillan British Dictionary:

default [countable] | defaults [plural] | by default | in default | in default of something

the way that something will appear or be done if you make no other choice, especially on a computer | "by default": if something happens by default, ... (26 of 157 words, 5 definitions, 5 usage examples, pronunciation)

www​.macmillandictionary​.com​/dictionary​/british​/default

default [intransitive, verb] | defaulter [singular] | defaulters [plural] | defaulted [past tense] | defaulting [present participle] | defaults [3rd-person singular present]

to fail to pay money that you owe | [law] to fail to appear in a court of law when you have been ordered to | to fail to take part in a game or ... (33 of 83 words, 3 definitions, 1 usage example, pronunciation)

www​.macmillandictionary​.com​/dictionary​/british​/default 7

Wiktionary:

default | defaults [plural] | defaulted [past tense] | defaulting [present participle]

[finance] The condition of failing to meet an obligation. | [electronics, computing] the original software programming settings as set by the factory | A loss incurred by failing to compete. | A selection made in the absence of an alternative. | [often... (38 of 135 words, 10 definitions, 9 usage examples, pronunciation)

en​.wiktionary​.org​/wiki​/default

Wikipedia:

Default [disambiguation]

may refer to: Default (law), the failure to do something required by law Default judgment | Default (finance), failure to satisfy the terms of a loan obligation or failure to pay back a loan | Default (computer science), a preset setting or value | ... (41 of 130 words, 7 definitions)

en​.wikipedia​.org​/wiki​/Default

Cambridge Dictionary:

default [entry 1]

to fail to do something, such as pay a debt, that you legally have to do (16 of 32 words, 1 usage example, pronunciations)

dictionary​.cambridge​.org​/dictionary​/british​/default 1

default [entry 2]

what exists or happens if you do not change it intentionally by performing an action (15 of 71 words, 3 usage examples, pronunciations)

dictionary​.cambridge​.org​/dictionary​/british​/default 2

default [entry 3]

when you fail to do something, such as pay a debt that you legally have to (16 of 86 words, 4 usage examples, pronunciations)

dictionary​.cambridge​.org​/dictionary​/british​/default 3

Britannica Encyclopedia:

choice [philosophy]

in philosophy, a corollary of the proposition of free will--i.e., the ability voluntarily to decide to perform one of several possible acts or to ... (25 of 142 words)

www​.britannica​.com​/E​Bchecked​/topic​/113978​/choice

Encarta Dictionary:

default | defaults [plural] | defaulted [past tense] | defaulting [present participle]

an option that will automatically be selected by a computer if the user does not choose one | a failure to meet an obligation, especially a financial ... (26 of 221 words, 8 definitions, pronunciation)

encarta​.msn​.com​/dictionary 1861603291​/definition​.html  [offline]

Etymology references

Online Etymology:

default

First use: early 13th century | late 14th century

Origin: [noun] "offense, crime, sin", later (late 13th century) "failure, failure ... | [verb] "be lacking, be missing", also "become weak", from "default" ... (27 of 92 etymology words)

www​.etymonline​.com​/index​.php term=default

New World Dictionary:

default

Origin: Middle English from Old French defaute from Vulgar Latin ... | Middle English defauten from Old French defauter (17 of 30 etymology words)

www​.yourdictionary​.com​/default

American Heritage Dictionary:

default | defaulted [past tense] | defaulting [present participle] | defaults [3rd-person singular present]

Origin: Middle English defaute, from Old French, from past participle of defaillir, to fail, grow weak: de-, intensive ... (17 of 23 etymology words)

www​.yourdictionary​.com​/default

Wiktionary:

default | defaults [plural] | defaulted [past tense] | defaulting [present participle]

Origin: Middle English, from Old French defaute ("fault, defect, failure, culpability, lack"), ultimately from Latin de- ("away") + fallo ("deceive, cheat, escape notice of")

en​.wiktionary​.org​/wiki​/default

Collins Dictionary:

default

First use: 13th century

Origin: from Old French defaute, from defaillir to fail, from Vulgar Latin dēfallīre (unattested) to be lacking

www​.collinsdictionary​.com​/dictionary​/english​/default

Oxford Dictionary:

default | default to

Origin: Middle English: from Old French defaut, from defaillir "to fail", based on Latin fallere "disappoint, deceive"

oxforddictionaries​.com​/definition​/english​/default

Merriam-Webster:

default [entry 1, noun]

First use: 13th century

Origin: Middle English defaute, defaulte, from Anglo-French, from defaillir to be lacking, fail, from de- + faillir to fail

www​.merriam-webster​.com​/dictionary​/default

Encarta Dictionary:

default | defaults [plural] | defaulted [past tense] | defaulting [present participle]

First use: 13th century

Origin: Old French defaute, past participle of defaillir "fail" from faillir

encarta​.msn​.com​/dictionary 1861603291​/definition​.html  [offline]

Audio references

Collins Dictionary:

default

Audio: North American English pronunciation of "default"

www​.collinsdictionary​.com​/dictionary​/english​/default

Macmillan American Dictionary:

default [countable] | defaults [plural]

Audio: North American pronunciation of "default"

www​.macmillandictionary​.com​/dictionary​/american​/default

default [intransitive, verb] | defaulter [singular] | defaulters [plural] | defaulted [past tense] | defaulting [present participle] | defaults [3rd-person singular present]

Audio: North American pronunciation of "default"

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Macmillan British Dictionary:

default [countable] | defaults [plural]

Audio: British English pronunciation of "default"

www​.macmillandictionary​.com​/dictionary​/british​/default

default [intransitive, verb] | defaulter [singular] | defaulters [plural] | defaulted [past tense] | defaulting [present participle] | defaults [3rd-person singular present]

Audio: British English pronunciation of "default"

www​.macmillandictionary​.com​/dictionary​/british​/default 7

Cambridge Dictionary:

default [entry 3]

Audio 1: British English pronunuciation of "default"

Audio 2: North American English pronunuciation of "default"

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the Free Dictionary:

default

Audio 1: North American English pronunciation of "default"

Audio 2: British English pronunciation of "default"

Audio 3: North American English pronunciation of "default" by speech synthesizer

www​.thefreedictionary​.com​/default

Google Dictionary:

default | defaults [plural] | defaulted [past tense] | defaulting [present participle]

Audio: English pronunciation of "default"

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Merriam-Webster Pronunciation:

default

Audio: North American pronunciation of "default"

www​.merriam-webster​.com​/audio​.php file=defaul​01 word=default

YourDictionary Audio:

default

Audio: North American English pronunciation of "default" by speech synthesizer

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