What does the word default mean?

Usage examples for default

  1. The plants of this sowing may also be set in hot- beds in January and February, but this only in default of other varieties, for they will be too tall and spreading. – The Cauliflower by A. A. Crozier
  2. " Then," said Brigitte, " do you think that by default of a notary the marriage will not take place? – The Lesser Bourgeoisie by Honore de Balzac
  3. All rules of the Exchange governing delivery and default on contracts covered by these rules shall be in force on and after the 12th day of December, 1914, but the closing of contracts 'Under the Rule' shall be subject to the foregoing provisions. – The New York Stock Exchange in the Crisis of 1914 by Henry George Stebbins Noble
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