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from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

  • adv. For lack of something better.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • adv. For want of something better; for lack of an alternative.


French : faute, lack + de, of + mieux, better.
(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
Borrowing from French. (Wiktionary)


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  • From the French, "for lack of something better."

    I encountered this in a current article in The London Review of Books (about Weimar Germany):

    "What, looking back, was so characteristic about the culture of a shortlived German republic that nobody had really wanted and most Germans accepted as faute de mieux at best?"

    January 24, 2008