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

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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.
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Recent Examples on the Web

Cephus was declared academically eligible after receiving a waiver from the NCAA on Aug. 23 and caught three passes for 39 yards in the opener at South Florida. Jeff Potrykus, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, "UW's Quintez Cephus celebrates his return to Camp Randall Stadium with two touchdowns," 7 Sep. 2019 Congress allowed California to seek waivers from the national standards for that reason. Washington Post, "Official: Trump to challenge California authority on mileage," 6 Sep. 2019 Congress allowed California to seek waivers from the national mileage standards for that reason. Tom Krisher, Fortune, "Trump Will Challenge California’s State’s Rights to Set Its Own Mileage Standard," 5 Sep. 2019 After claiming DeShone Kizer off waivers from the Packers on Sunday, the Raiders temporarily had four quarterbacks on their 53-man roster: starter Derek Carr and backups Mike Glennon, Kizer and Peterman. Matt Kawahara, SFChronicle.com, "Raiders place Nathan Peterman, Isaiah Johnson on injured reserve," 2 Sep. 2019 Kaare Vedvik was claimed off waivers from the Vikings, replacing Taylor Bertolet, who was waived. BostonGlobe.com, "Chargers suspend contract extension talks with RB Melvin Gordon," 1 Sep. 2019 Meander was claimed off waivers via the Jets on Aug. 21st. Mary Kay Cabot, cleveland.com, "Kareem Hunt needs 4-6 weeks to recovery from surgery; Browns start making cuts and other takeaways," 30 Aug. 2019 Robinson got a waiver from the NCAA allowing him to raise funds to help his family’s rebuilding efforts. Iliana Limón Romero, orlandosentinel.com, "Tropical Storm Dorian: FSU monitoring storm ahead of Boise State opener," 27 Aug. 2019 According to federal law, doctors must apply for a special waiver from the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration, or SAMHSA, to prescribe buprenorphine. Nina Feldman, chicagotribune.com, "Among hurdles for those with opioid addictions: Getting the drug to treat it," 26 Aug. 2019

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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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Financial Definition of waiver

What It Is

A waiver is a party's voluntary renunciation of rights in a contractual arrangement.

How It Works

When two parties enter into a contract, they often agree to forfeit some of their respective rights or claims. Either party may use a waiver -- expressed either in writing or through the performance of a specific deed -- to officially give up a privilege, right, or claim.

For example, one party might sign a waiver stating that he or she will not take legal action against the other party if there is some unintentional wrongdoing.

Why It Matters

It is important to remember that a party who signs a waiver is surrendering his or her right to pursue a course of action (file a lawsuit, receive compensation, etc). In most cases, a party will sign a waiver only if he or she receives a benefit in exchange for doing so.

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English Language Learners Definition of waiver

: 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


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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