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[ wey-ver ]


  1. Law.
    1. an intentional relinquishment of some right, interest, or the like.
    2. an express or written statement of such relinquishment.
  2. Sports. an arrangement under which a professional player is released to become available to join a different team, which must then assume the player’s existing contract.


/ ˈweɪvə /


  1. the voluntary relinquishment, expressly or by implication, of some claim or right
  2. the act or an instance of relinquishing a claim or right
  3. a formal statement in writing of such relinquishment

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Word History and Origins

Origin of waiver1

First recorded in 1620–30; from Anglo-French weyver, noun use of weyver to waive; -er 3

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Word History and Origins

Origin of waiver1

C17: from Old Northern French weyver to relinquish, waive

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Example Sentences

San Diego County is no longer accepting applications from schools looking for a waiver to re-open for in-person education, as 10 News reported.

If Newsom doesn’t issue a waiver, officials at the Jewish Community Center say they will likely open anyway.

In an Atlanta Dream offseason with plenty of splashy additions, including fourth overall draft pick Chennedy Carter and standout guard Courtney Williams, the signing of Betnijah Laney off waivers did not register much reaction.

For Cajon Valley’s program to continue, the governor would need to provide a waiver.

The governor would have to provide a waiver from that requirement for Cajon Valley to continue operating on campus.

As of 2012, there are over 523,000 people across the country on Medicaid waiver lists; over 309,000 of those people have I/DD.

Because Medicaid is not required to cover HCBS, because a waiver is not an entitlement, there are long waits for waivers.

The waiver waitlists are long enough if you live in one state without moving.

To get into the Navy, Hunter needed a separate waiver on account of his prior drug use.

Such waiver programs are available in every state, but there are usually long waiting lists.

Many a question though arises, what action amounts to a waiver of notice.

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

So Soviet citizens who were relatives of American citizens could receive a waiver of these sanctions.

The Attorney General has from the beginning interpreted 243(g) as involving waiver power.

So I take it that, in your judgment after reviewing the file, you think that the waiver should have been granted?


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What is a waiver?

A waiver is an intentional or agreed upon release of your rights, usually in the form of a written contract.

In the law, to waive your rights or interests is to purposely give them up. A waiver is this intentional giving up or the form that records your decision.

Example: All you have to do to enter is to sign this waiver and give us your pass.

Where does waiver come from?

The first records of the term waiver come from around 1620. It comes from the Anglo-French weyver. It combines waive, meaning “to give up” and the suffix er, which turns verbs into the doers of the verbs.

A person or organization that asks someone to sign a waiver is usually doing so to protect themselves legally. The signer is giving up rights or interests by signing, such as when your parents have to sign a waiver so you can play sports. If you are injured or harmed while playing, your parents give up the right to sue the sports organization.

You might also sign a waiver in order to use a web service or social media outlet. These waivers usually state that when you sign them, you give up your right to online privacy and allow your data to be collected.

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Because waivers are usually a legal tool, the term is most often used in legal or official conversations.



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Before entering the laser game, you have to sign a waiver giving up your right to sue the company if you get hurt during the game.




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