Definitions

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

  • n. Intentional relinquishment of a right, claim, or privilege.
  • n. The document that evidences such relinquishment.
  • n. A dispensation, as from a rule or penalty.
  • n. 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.
  • n. A deferment.
  • 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 Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • n. The act of waiving, or not insisting on, some right, claim, or privilege.
  • n. 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.
  • n. Something that releases a person from a requirement.
  • v. Common misspelling of waver.
  • v. See waive.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • n. The act of waiving, or not insisting on, some right, claim, or privilege.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

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

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

  • n. a formal written statement of relinquishment

Etymologies

Anglo-Norman weyver, from weyver, to abandon; see waive.
(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
Anglo-Norman weyver, from waiver Date: 1628 (Wiktionary)

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

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

    CNN Transcript Dec 7, 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 24, 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

  • That is, usually the senate votes to waive the relevant provision of budget act, implying that a waiver is required (that the action to be taken does in fact run afoul of the 1974 Budget Act).

    The Volokh Conspiracy » Is the Slaughter Solution constitutional?

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