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[wey-ver] /ˈweɪ vər/
noun, Law.
an intentional relinquishment of some right, interest, or the like.
an express or written statement of such relinquishment.
Origin of waiver
1620-30; < Anglo-French weyver, noun use of weyver to waive; see -er3 Unabridged
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Examples from the web for waiver
  • The commission noted there is no guarantee other companies in the future will agree to such a waiver.
  • It's a popular car, which explains why it wouldn't get a waiver to be imported as a rare vehicle.
  • Call to request a waiver of the late penalty if you mostly pay on time but accidentally miss a deadline one month.
  • There is no evidence borrowers as a whole wanted a loan waiver.
  • The fee-free weekend waiver includes: entrance fees, commercial tour fees, and transportation entrance fees.
  • Here was a steady hand that did not let angry airlines and travelers cause him to waiver.
  • And as unemployment falls, the payroll tax phases back in and the cap waiver phases back out.
  • Also, there's a good bar on the other side and swimming drunk is also covered by the waiver.
  • The waiver of all points of order against provisions in the bill is prophylactic in nature.
  • If you shouldn't get a vaccine for health reasons, be sure to carry a doctor's signed waiver.
British Dictionary definitions for waiver


the voluntary relinquishment, expressly or by implication, of some claim or right
the act or an instance of relinquishing a claim or right
a formal statement in writing of such relinquishment
Word Origin
C17: from Old Northern French weyver to relinquish, waive
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Word Origin and History for waiver

"act of waiving," 1620s (modern usage is often short for waiver clause); from Anglo-French legal usage of infinitive as a noun (see waive). Baseball waivers is recorded from 1907. Other survivals of noun use of infinitives in Anglo-French legalese include disclaimer, merger, rejoinder, misnomer, ouster, retainer, attainder.

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