faute de mieux love


from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

  • adv. For lack of something better.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • adv. For want of something better; for lack of an alternative.


French : faute, lack + de, of + mieux, better.
(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
Borrowing from French. (Wiktionary)


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  • If the depicted libraries were indeed the focus of attention, they were often treated as faute de mieux renderings of technical details—fittings and fixtures—that are principally known from other sources . . .
    Richard Gameson, "The Image of the Medieval Library," in Alice Crawford ed., The Meaning of the Library: A Cultural History (Princeton, N.J.: Princeton Univ. Press, 2015)

    December 26, 2015

  • From the French, "for lack of something better."

    I encountered this in a current article in The London Review of Books (about Weimar Germany):

    "What, looking back, was so characteristic about the culture of a shortlived German republic that nobody had really wanted and most Germans accepted as faute de mieux at best?"

    January 24, 2008