Fr.: par défaut
Because of a lack of opposition or alternative.
1) Failure to act; inaction or neglect; failure to meet financial obligations.
M.E. defau(l)te, O.Fr. defaute "fault, defect, failure," from V.L. *defallita "a deficiency or failure," p.p. of *defallere, from L. → de- "away" + fallere "to deceive, to cheat; to put wrong, to lead astray."