c.1300, from Anglo-Fr. weyver
"to abandon, waive," O.Fr. weyver, guever
"to abandon, give back," probably from a Scand. source akin to O.N. veifa
"to swing about," from P.Gmc. *waibijanan
). In M.E. legal language, used of rights, goods, or women. Waiver
"act of waiving" is from 1628 (modern usage is often short for waiver clause
); baseball waivers
is recorded from 1907.