Definition of in default of in English:

in default of


  • In the absence of.

    ‘in default of agreement, the rent was to be determined by a surveyor’
    • ‘the Contractor is entitled to retain the copyright in default of some express or implied term to the contrary effect;’
    • ‘Before drawing any remuneration you shall obtain the written approval of HM Customs & Excise to the payment being made and in default of agreement your remuneration shall be determined by the High Court.’
    • ‘His reply, of course, is that nature has given us work to do, in default of which we are necessarily unhappy, and that work is to put into action the power of reason.’
    • ‘The defendant will pay the claimant's costs of the action, including the costs of the appeal, to be agreed, in default of which the case would be submitted for detailed assessment.’
    • ‘But in default of any further explanation this would come down to saying merely that he did know them, but not by any ordinary means.’
    • ‘I am going to, having looked at the figures - I am not concerned with the precise details because I am going to direct a detailed assessment in default of agreement, but I shall order a payment on account in the sum of £35,000.’
    • ‘Respondents shall pay the appellant's costs of the appeal to be subject of detailed assessment on the standard basis in default of agreement.’
    • ‘The Claimant is to pay the Defendants costs, to include the costs of appeal, from 15 April 1999, such costs to be subject to a detailed assessment in default of the agreement.’
    • ‘Occasionally she could not redeem within that time and was therefore under pressure to repay in default of which the goods would have been sold.’
    • ‘Unlike the 1993 contract, there is no mechanism such as arbitration to determine what a reasonable price would be in default of agreement between the parties.’