Definition - What does Default mean?
In regard to the law, a default refers to when a person or entity does something, or refrains from doing something, that is required by law. It is also when someone falls behind on their payments to creditors or even to the court for fines. A default is usually a grave error when it comes to legal matters. A person can usually be disciplined when they cause a default to happen.
Justipedia explains Default
Some examples of common defaults are as follows:
Typically, when a person is assigned a ticket for speeding, the ticket will explain that certain action must be taken by that individual by a certain date such as the payment of a fine or enrolling in a drivers safety course. If the individual does not do what is required of them by the date provided to them by the police officer, then that person is now in default in regards to their speeding ticket.