Definitions

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • n. one who fails to fulfill an obligation or perform a task, especially a legal or financial one.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • n. One who makes default; one who fails to appear in court when court when called.
  • n. One who fails to perform a duty; a delinquent; particularly, one who fails to account for public money intrusted to his care; a peculator; a defalcator.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • n. One who makes default; one who fails to fulfil an obligation or a duty of any kind; especially, one who fails to appear in court when required, or to pay a debt when due, or to make proper returns of funds intrusted to his care.
  • n. In the British service, a soldier accused of a military offense.

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • n. a contestant who forfeits a match
  • n. someone who fails to make a required appearance in court
  • n. someone who fails to meet a financial obligation

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Examples

  • Of course, either defaulter is going to appear to be "over his head."

    Subprime Mortgage Loans, Arnold Kling | EconLog | Library of Economics and Liberty

  • The home is now going to be owned by someone who can make ends meet, and the defaulter will be able to apply his resources to things he wants.

    Matthew Yglesias » Promises and Penalties

  • Lord Mahon, and perhaps a long day; and I must go down early, because I was yesterday when the House was called a defaulter; so I shall dine there, and after dinner I will collect upon paper what I hear of the transactions of the day.

    George Selwyn: His Letters and His Life

  • We shall have a great deal of abuse, and reply and declamation from Bourk (148) (Burke), and vociferation from Lord Mahon, and perhaps a long day; and I must go down early, because I was yesterday when the House was called a defaulter; so I shall dine there, and after dinner I will collect upon paper what I hear of the transactions of the day.

    George Selwyn His Letters and His Life

  • In another case the defaulter was the son of a dissenting minister.

    Thrift

  • The notional $1.14 quadrillion (as reported by the Bank for International Settlements, which is in Switzerland) only becomes real (and frightfully dangerous) if either counterparty to a derivative goes bankrupt and if the defaulter is a major institution.

    Dinocrat

  • Claiming some local newspapers have published reports that the Ministry of Finance is allegedly trying to manipulate definitions of certain terms specified in the law in favor of some groups, Al-Saadoun argued the new law clearly defines the terms, 'defaulter', 'consumer' and 'installment loan'.

    Arab Times Kuwait English Daily

  • For example, don't say "The term 'defaulter' shall mean …" Rather say, "The term 'defaulter' means …"

    Yemen RSS News Feed - Yemen Times

  • Under the legislation, a person who fails to vote for reasons other than those mentioned on the list of exemptions would be declared a "defaulter".

    Elections - fresh news by plazoo.com

  • The EC said a person will be considered 'defaulter' if he or she has defaulted on loan or a portion of loan.

    The Daily Star

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