1 A premise upon which the fulfillment of an agreement depends; stipulation.
2. A provision making the effect of a legal instrument contingent upon an uncertain event; also; the event itself.
3. Something essential to the appearance or occurrence of something else; prerequisite: as an environmental requirement; the subordinate clause of a conditional sentence.
4. A restricting or modifying factor; qualification.
5. An unsatisfactory academic grade that may be raised by doing additional work.
6. A state of being.
7. Social status; rank; a usually defective state of health.
8. A state of physical fitness or readiness for use.
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.
ETYM Latin limitatio: cf. French limitation. Related to Limit.
1. The quality of being limited or restricted; SYN. restriction.
2. An act of limiting or restricting (as by regulation); SYN. restriction.
3. (In law) A time period after which suits cannot be brought.
ETYM Latin, (it) being provided, abl. of provisus, p. p. of providere. Related to Provide, Purview.
An article or clause in any statute, agreement, contract, grant, or other writing, by which a condition is introduced, usually beginning with the word; a conditional stipulation that affects an agreement.
In law, a clause in a statute, deed, or some other legal document introducing a qualification or condition to some other provision, frequently the one immediately preceding the proviso itself.