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Default, omission or neglect to do an act which one ought to do. Where a defendant in an action omits to appear, or, having appeared, to put in an answer to the plaintiff's claim within the time or times limited for those purposes, or within such extended time as may have been granted him, it is presumed he has no defence and the plaintiff is therefore entitled to sign judgment against him.