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American English: /dəˈfɔlt/
British English: /dɪˈfɔːlt/

Translation of default in Spanish:


  • 1 (omission)
    (failure to appear) incomparecencia (feminine)
    they accept no responsibility for any act or default
    no aceptan responsabilidad por ningún acto u omisión
    he won his case by default
    ganó el juicio en rebeldía del demandado
    she won by default (Sport)
    ganó por incomparecencia de su rival
    Example sentences
    • That subsection does not distinguish between non-appearance and non-compliance defaults.
    • There are one or two ways of fine tuning the format, but the big issue is that defaults need to be avoided.
    • This could cause defaults on debt repayments and require economic assistance from the international community.
  • 2 (Finance) (by country, bank) the country is on the verge of default
    el país está al borde del impago or de la suspensión de pagos
    she is in default on her mortgage
    está en mora en los pagos de la hipoteca
    (before noun) default interest
    interés (masculine) de mora
  • 3 (lack) the system was chosen by default
    el sistema fue elegido a falta de una alternativa viable
    la elección del sistema se impuso como única alternativa
    he was elected by default
    fue elegido por ausencia de otros candidatos
    in default of directions from his superiors …
    a falta de directivas de sus superiores …
    (before noun) default option (Computing)

intransitive verb

  • 1 (Finance)
    suspender pagos
    cesar (los) pagos
    to default on a loan
    suspender pagos or cesar (en) los pagos de un préstamo
    Example sentences
    • The customer had defaulted on the loan and, although the judge made no specific finding to this effect, the appellant had lost about £30,000.
    • During the period of the delay the value of the property upon which the loan was secured fell and was therefore insufficient to cover the plaintiffs loss when X defaulted on the loan.
    • He did say, however, that in his view, Valleywood was profitable and that neither the companies nor Katana had ever defaulted on loans.
    Example sentences
    • He won the junior US Open champion, was a runner-up in the boys' event at Roland Garros and made the semi-finals of junior Wimbledon in 1999 only to be defaulted for not turning up.
    • First, they defaulted me, then they defaulted him.
    • The 17-year-old might even have gone further in the singles, but was defaulted for turning up late to his semi-final.
  • 2 (Law)
    estar en rebeldía
  • 3 (Sport)
    no presentarse
    no comparecer [formal]
  • 4 (Computing) to default to something
    ir por defecto a algo
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