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
Political salvage effort Jones Act waivers have been granted before, but a situation like this is extremely rare, said Papavizas, the independent attorney.
On Thursday, the White House announced that Trump had signed the waiver which must be signed every six months in order to keep the embassy in Tel Aviv.
Trump was facing a Thursday deadline to renew the waiver or see the State Department lose half its funding for its overseas facilities.
The waiver would allow states to set up a high-risk pool or participate in a new federal invisible risk-sharing program to help states reimburse insurers for covering high-risk consumers.
Chase d’Arnaud, whom the Padres claimed off waivers last week, opened the top of the second with a double.
In April, the Office of Government Ethics issued a memo requesting that the White House and all federal agencies disclose details about such waivers by June 1.
But ethics lawyers said that what matters is that any such waivers be made public, so that the limits on what topics a federal government employee can or cannot take up are not secret.
Eufaula and Athens were among the first school districts to offer virtual education to students living outside of their school district through flexibility, or innovation, waivers granted by the state department of education in 2015.
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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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