I'd like to know what it means since I couldn't find anything about it on the net, so would you explain it to me and add a few sentences with it?

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Here's a simple example.

Tom entered a race. His opponents never came to the race, so Tom won by default.

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hi there thats a simple answer say ur in default with a finance company u sign a contract with them saying you will commit to doing something for them to the contract ends and of course that is paying them money weekly or fortnightly whatever to the money you borrowed is payed back. but if u fail to met the contracts obligations so if u fail to pay them back that means your in default meaning you broke the contract u owe them that much money you stopt meting your agreement so they will then put on ur credit file that your in default of whatever the cost is that you owe them so other finance companys can see what creditablity you have to borrowing money ur trust really and it can also be in default even if u miss a few payments even if your paying them back still.....

other meanings for the word default means if the other team doesnt show up to the rugby game they are in default giving the team who did turn up the win, the fictory ....

i hope my answers were at any help....
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The Oxford Advanced Learner's Dictionary defines this term with Pythagorean precision:

by default

1 a game or competition can be won by default if there are no other people, teams, etc. taking part. He became world champion in 2007 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 in a different way. I became a teacher by default rather than by design.
Hullo n hi I would like to ask "if I do something without full intension but it finally gets through" example I throw a stone with no intesion of hitting a mango but it finally hits one

That's not a situation where I'd use the word 'default'. I'd talk about 'an accident'.

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it means, Failure to perform a task or fulfill an obligation, it means they didnt do what they was told to do, basicly,
I conclusion:

I would gather that the TERM "by default" can be defined as ...(1. an unintentional,
unplanned, or unexpected result "good or bad" 2. in the absence of opposition or a
better alternative: he became prime minister
by default

While the WORD "default" can be defined as...(NOUN... 1. failure to act; inaction or neglect: 2. failure to meet financial obligations. 3. in Law. failure to perform an act or obligation legally required, especially to appear in court or to plead at a time assigned.EXPAND 4.in Sports. failure to arrive in time for, participate in, or complete a scheduled match. 5. lack; want; absence. 6.in Computers. a value that a program or operating system assumes, or a course of action that a program or operating system will take, when the user or programmer specifies no overriding value or action.) or (VERB...7. to fail in fulfilling or satisfying an engagement, claim, or obligation. 8. to fail to meet financial obligations or to account properly for money in one's care: When he defaulted in his payments, the bank foreclosed on the car. 9. in Law . to fail to appear in court. 10. in Sports. a. to fail to participate in or complete a match. b. to lose a match by default.

*These definitions were provided by DICTIONARY.com, the Collins English Dictionary, as well as my own interpretation of the terms in

Seirawan wrote in Play Winning Chess:
"You are fighting a battle on mars.If your forces are still on earth, you can expect to lose the battle by default."

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