Definition for DE-FAULT'

DE-FAULT', v.t.

  1. In law, to call out a defendant [according to the common expression]. To call a defendant officially, to appear and answer in court, and on his failing to answer, to declare him in default, and enter judgment against him; as, let the defendant be defaulted. No costs are to be awarded for such town, if defaulted. – Mass. Laws.
  2. To call out a cause, in which the defendant does not appear, and enter judgment on the default; as, the cause was defaulted.
  3. To fail in performance. – Milton.

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