ETYM Old Eng. defaute, Old Fren. defaute, defalte, fem., French défaut, masc., Late Lat. defalta, from a verb meaning, to be deficient, to want, fail, from Latin de- + fallere to deceive. Related to Fault.
1. Act of failing to meet a financial obligation; SYN. nonpayment, nonremittal.
2. Loss due to not showing up.
The value(s) or option(s) that are assumed during operation when not specified.
defection / dəfekʃn̩ /
ETYM Latin defectio: cf. French défection. Related to Defect.
1. Act of abandoning a person or cause to which one is bound by allegiance or duty, or to which one has attached himself; desertion; failure in duty; a falling away.
2. Abandoning one's country, often by betraying it.