Definition of waiver
1 : the act of intentionally relinquishing or abandoning a known right, claim, or privilege; also : the legal instrument evidencing such an act
2 : the act of a club's waiving the right to claim a professional ball player who is being removed from another club's roster —often used in the phrase on waivers denoting the process by which a player to be removed from a roster is made available to other clubs
Examples of waiver in a Sentence
a criminal defendant's waiver of a jury trial
The college got a special waiver from the town to exceed the building height limit.
He signed an insurance waiver before surgery.
Recent Examples of waiver from the Web
Nett, 38, who has cerebral palsy, benefits from a Medicaid waiver, and the proposed health care plan would reduce it, drastically affecting his care, his caretaker Sarah Mack said.
Shaub also pushed for the administration to publicly reveal which aides were receiving ethics waivers and chastised House Republicans for not investing ethics inquiries further.
Last April, the Padres claimed a reliever off waivers from the Marlins and saw him become a focal point of their bullpen.
More moves are expected to follow in advance of the July 31 non-waiver trade deadline, especially with the Marlins (34-40) sitting 10 1/2 games behind the first-place Nationals in the National League East and 11 games back in the NL Wild Card race.
Texas hospitals are eager to keep the federal waiver in place as the turmoil in Congress over repealing and replacing Obamacare only increases their jitters.
The waiver wires in February and March are full of veterans who have been released to make room for younger players; are all these teams tanking?
At all of the sites except the old City Methodist Church, people will be able to enter the structures, although tour participants must sign a legal waiver.
Obamacare Waiver The measure proposed by Iowa is known as a Section 1332 waiver, and requires approval from the federal government.
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Origin and Etymology of waiver
Anglo-French weyver, from waiver, verb
First Known Use: 1628See Words from the same year
WAIVER Defined for English Language Learners
Definition of waiver for English Language Learners
: the act of choosing not to use or require something that you are allowed to have or that is usually required
: an official document indicating that someone has given up or waived a right or requirement
Additional Notes on waiver
Acts or statements made while forming or carrying out a contract may constitute a waiver and prevent a party from enforcing a contractual right (as when an insurer is barred from disclaiming liability because of facts known to it when it issued the insurance policy). Varying standards are applied by courts to determine if there has been a waiver of various constitutional rights (such as the right to counsel) in criminal cases.
Origin and Etymology of waiver
Anglo-French, from waiver to waive
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