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in default of (something)

Due to the absence or lack of something; through the failure of something. Though it was only a speeding ticket, Janet was imprisoned in default of paying the fine. In default of concrete evidence, the jury was obligated to acquit the defendant of murder.
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default on (something)

To fail to repay a loan on something (which often results in the loss of that thing). If you default on your car loan, your car might get repossessed.
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by default

1. Used to describe an outcome that happens because nothing has been done to change or prevent it. If you don't start saving money now, while you're young, you'll be working till you're 90 by default.
2. By forfeit. Used to describe a contest whose outcome is determined by a competitor's absence. If the other team can't field enough players, then we'll win by default.
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default on something

to fail to act in some way regarding something, such as failing to make a payment, thereby losing one's right to the thing in question. You are not going to default on your loan, are you? She defaulted on her mortgage payments and lost the house.
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in default of

Through the failure, absence, or lack of, as in In default of a better solution, we'll have to make do with this one. This term was originally put as for default of, but John Gower had the current wording in Confessio Amantis (1397): "The fish, if it be dry, might in default of water die." [Late 1200s]
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by deˈfault

1 a game or competition can be won by default if there are no other competitors: The other team didn’t even turn up, so we won by default.
2 if something happens by default, it happens because you have not made any other decision or choices which would make things happen differently: It was never my ambition to get into teaching. I became a teacher more by default than by choice.
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in deˈfault of something

(formal) because of a lack of something: They accepted what he had said in default of any evidence to disprove it.
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in default of

Through the failure, absence, or lack of.
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Powerful private individuals and companies are also defaulters as are those who in collusion with Wapda employees do not pay without being disconnected, Rs120bn is due from private consumers.
Bank creditors and defaulters shall give up their lawsuits, if there, as
Adopting an aggressive approach, the government has for the first time gone public with names of tax defaulters.
Now it has been decided by the high ups to take punitive action against the defaulters and their names will be sent to NAB for further action if they fail to deposit the arrears.
In a statement, issued here on Tuesday, CEO Mepco Engineer Mohammad Akram Chaudhry said that the operation would continue against defaulters without any discrimination.
Darya Khan sugar mill Bhakkar is defaulter of Rs 3.
Sources informed that Secretary and DG Excise had directed the officials to limit their actions till notices against the property tax defaulters in the past years in Ramazan, however, now this time operation would be carried with full force.
SARGODHA -- Director Excise and Taxation, Rana Intikhab Hussain has said that a crackdown against property tax defaulters in the region would be launched from October 1.
According to the detail, Punjab Police is defaulter of Rs.
ISLAMABAD -- WAPDA has failed to recover outstanding dues amounting to Rs 233 billion from the defaulters so far despite tall claims by ministry of water and power.
ISLAMABAD -- Minister of State for Finance Rana Mohammad Afzal has said that the present government empowered banks to recover loans from the defaulters under a new law.
Friday informed the National Assembly that over 50,000 cases of loan defaulters were pending before various courts in the country.
PESHAWAR -- Peshawar Electric Supply Company (PESCO) has sped up drive to recover dues against defaulters, recovering hefty amount of dues from defaulters here on Wednesday.
Meanwhile, the Excise and Taxation Department's special recovery teams have sealed 145 properties of the chronic defaulters besides issuing arrest warrants for 1,500 other big defaulters.
Jan 29) a stay order from a court compelled the PSX to transfer back the stock from defaulters to the regular counter.