waiv·​er | \ ˈwā-vər How to pronounce waiver (audio) \

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 on the Web The waiver suspends federal regulations and federally enforceable State Implementation Plan requirements for fuel volatility. Frank Witsil, Detroit Free Press, 21 Sep. 2022 If the test goes well and the Eastern Range grants the waiver, then NASA can stay on the launch pad and shoot for two opportunities in the next two weeks. Richard Tribou, Orlando Sentinel, 19 Sep. 2022 Should the repairs fail, or the waiver not be granted, the rocket would roll back to the Vehicle Assembly Building and launch no earlier than October 17, and possibly not until November. Eric Berger, Ars Technica, 9 Sep. 2022 Finally, in April, the department approved the waiver for a subsistence calendar. Will Mccarthy, Anchorage Daily News, 15 Sep. 2022 The limited-time waiver covers the agency’s late-filing penalty of 5% per month for unpaid balances, capped at 25%, along with late-payment penalties of 0.5% per month that may still apply. Leada Gore | Lgore@al.com, al, 12 Sep. 2022 The waiver was in regard to the display that previously featured flags that have flown over Fort Smith since 1699. Stephen Simpson, Arkansas Online, 8 Sep. 2022 During his tenure, President Donald Trump asked the courts to do away with the California waiver. Peter Valdes-dapena, CNN, 6 Sep. 2022 For those who have used the waiver successfully, the results have been life-changing. Alicia Adamczyk, Fortune, 1 Sep. 2022 See More

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First Known Use of waiver

1628, in the meaning defined at sense 1

History and Etymology for waiver

Anglo-French weyver, from waiver, verb

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“Waiver.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/waiver. Accessed 4 Oct. 2022.

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waiv·​er | \ ˈwā-vər How to pronounce waiver (audio) \

Legal Definition of waiver

: the act of intentionally or knowingly relinquishing or abandoning a known right, claim, or privilege also : the legal instrument evidencing such an act — compare estoppel, forfeiture

Note: 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.

History and Etymology for waiver

Anglo-French, from waiver to waive

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