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[wey-ver] /ˈweɪ vər/
noun, Law.
an intentional relinquishment of some right, interest, or the like.
an express or written statement of such relinquishment.
Origin of waiver
1620-30; < Anglo-French weyver, noun use of weyver to waive; see -er3 Unabridged
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  • She implored a waiver of the forfeiture in her and young Walter's favour.

    Sir Walter Ralegh William Stebbing
  • You forgot to give me a waiver of responsibility when you talked me into varying the experiment.

    The Ego Machine Henry Kuttner
  • I should have got the waiver from you then, but you got me all confused with Disraeli's oratory.

    The Ego Machine Henry Kuttner
  • I believe not, indeed,” says the waiver; “many thanks to your majesty.

  • Let him waiver or be uncertain in his decisions and woe is it to him.

    The Man in Court

    Frederic DeWitt Wells
British Dictionary definitions for waiver


the voluntary relinquishment, expressly or by implication, of some claim or right
the act or an instance of relinquishing a claim or right
a formal statement in writing of such relinquishment
Word Origin
C17: from Old Northern French weyver to relinquish, waive
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Word Origin and History for waiver

"act of waiving," 1620s (modern usage is often short for waiver clause); from Anglo-French legal usage of infinitive as a noun (see waive). Baseball waivers is recorded from 1907. Other survivals of noun use of infinitives in Anglo-French legalese include disclaimer, merger, rejoinder, misnomer, ouster, retainer, attainder.

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