Definitions

from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition.

  • noun Intentional relinquishment of a right, claim, or privilege.
  • noun The document that evidences such relinquishment.
  • noun A dispensation, as from a rule or penalty.
  • noun Permission for a professional athletic club to assign a player to the minor leagues or release a player from the club, granted only after all other clubs have been given the opportunity to claim the player and have not done so.
  • noun A deferment.
  • transitive verb To provide with a waiver or issue a waiver for.
  • idiom (clear waivers) To be unclaimed by another professional club and therefore liable to be assigned to a minor-league club or released.
  • idiom (on waivers) In a state of being available for claiming by other professional clubs.

from The Century Dictionary.

  • noun In law:
  • noun The act of waiving; the intentional relinquishment of a known right; the passing by or declining to accept a thing.
  • noun In old English law, the legal process by which a woman was waived, or put out of the protection of the law.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English.

  • noun (Law) The act of waiving, or not insisting on, some right, claim, or privilege.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License.

  • noun The act of waiving, or not insisting on, some right, claim, or privilege.
  • noun law A legal document releasing some requirement, such as waiving a right (giving it up) or a waiver of liability (agreeing to hold someone blameless). Also used for such a form even before it is filled out and signed.
  • noun Something that releases a person from a requirement.
  • verb Common misspelling of waver.
  • verb See waive.

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • noun a formal written statement of relinquishment

Etymologies

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

[Anglo-Norman weyver, from weyver, to abandon; see waive.]

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

Anglo-Norman weyver, from waiver Date: 1628

Examples

  • Even if we assume that a waiver is available to indigent defendants, that strikes me as highly unfair and so it must be unconstitutional somehow.

    The Volokh Conspiracy » Standing and Ripeness in State Lawsuits:

  • If the waiver is agreed-to by the next sitting president (in excercise of his inherent authority to conduct US foreign policy) it wont matter who controls congress.

    Think Progress » Source to Stephanopoulos: President Bush Directly Involved In Leak Scandal

  • QUESTION: My question is we have health insurance, we have through my husband's job -- actually, my husband works two full time jobs to help provide for our family and I work fee for service and he also receives Medicaid through what we call a waiver program.

    CNN Transcript Dec 24, 2006

  • QUESTION: My question is we have health insurance, we have through my husband's job -- actually, my husband works two full time jobs to help provide for our family and I work fee for service and he also receives Medicaid through what we call a waiver program.

    CNN Transcript Dec 23, 2006

  • And he also receives Medicaid through what we call a waiver program.

    CNN Transcript Dec 7, 2006

  • He said trainers are required to sign what he called a "waiver" stating they recognize that "their own skills are key to being safe."

    Reuters: Press Release

  • To be eligible for the award, a service member must be: attached to or regularly serving for one or more days with an organization participating in ground/shore military operations; attached to or regularly serving for one or more days aboard a naval vessel directly supporting military operations; actually participating as a crew member in one or more aerial flights directly supporting military operations in the areas designated; or serving on temporary duty for 30 consecutive days or 60 nonconsecutive days, except, if a waiver is authorized for personnel participating in actual combat.

    Heroes or Villains?

  • Mr. Lewis is pushing hard for the job, which would require GOP leaders to grant him a waiver from the term limit.

    Jockeying for House Posts

  • She said the company asked for a waiver from the law's restrictions on annual limits two weeks ago and received it within 48 hours.

    Shocker: Wall Street Journal "flat out wrong"

  • The Clean Air Act (written by Congress) requires any state that wants to exceed Federal air standards to obtain a waiver from the EPA.

    Matthew Yglesias » Right-Wing Rediscovers Threat of Executive Power

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