Definition of faute de mieux in English:

faute de mieux

adverb

  • For want of a better alternative.

    ‘women often couldn't pay the fines, and sheriffs could end up imprisoning them faute de mieux’
    • ‘The lack of American bases in the Pacific also led, faute de mieux, to fleet self-subsistence and long-range capability.’
    • ‘But he paints a poignant picture: his sticking to his circle, faute de mieux, is presumably a direct consequence of the events that have defined his short and turbulent life.’
    • ‘Although nebulous - even logically suspect - these concepts provided, faute de mieux, the tools for deriving the great wealth of results the calculus had made possible.’
    • ‘Thus, faute de mieux, we follow many others in continuing to use CVs, albeit with caution.’
    • ‘It has reached the point now where he is regarded faute de mieux in some quarters as an acceptable guarantor of stability in an inherently unstable and fragmented country.’

Origin

French.

Pronunciation

faute de mieux

/fəʊt də ˈmjəː//fot də mjø/