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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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  • Indefeasible

    [in-di-fee-zuh-buh l] /ˌɪn dɪˈfi zə bəl/ adjective 1. not ; not to be annulled or made void; not forfeitable. /ˌɪndɪˈfiːzəbəl/ adjective 1. (law) not liable to be annulled or forfeited adj. 1530s (implied in indefeasibly), from in- (1) “not, opposite of” + defeasible (see defeasance).

  • Indefectible

    [in-di-fek-tuh-buh l] /ˌɪn dɪˈfɛk tə bəl/ adjective 1. not defectible; not liable to defect or failure. 2. not liable to fault or imperfection; faultless. /ˌɪndɪˈfɛktɪbəl/ adjective 1. not subject to decay or failure 2. flawless

  • Indefensible

    [in-di-fen-suh-buh l] /ˌɪn dɪˈfɛn sə bəl/ adjective 1. not justifiable; inexcusable: indefensible behavior. 2. incapable of being protected or defended against attack: an indefensible town. 3. incapable of being defended against criticism or denial; untenable: indefensible argument. /ˌɪndɪˈfɛnsəbəl/ adjective 1. not justifiable or excusable 2. capable of being disagreed with; untenable 3. incapable of defence […]

  • Indefinable

    [in-di-fahy-nuh-buh l] /ˌɪn dɪˈfaɪ nə bəl/ adjective 1. not definable; not readily identified, described, analyzed, or determined. noun 2. something that cannot be defined: the indefinables of great musicianship. /ˌɪndɪˈfaɪnəbəl/ adjective 1. incapable of being defined or analysed: there was an indefinable sense of terror adj. 1810, from in- (1) “not, opposite of” + definable […]

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