- Waive is defined as to give up your right to something or to determine that someone else can postpone fulfilling an obligation.
- An example of waive is when you sign a release of liability after a car accident settlement agreeing not to sue.
- An example of waive is when you let someone avoid fees.
waive definition by Webster's New World
- to give up or forgo (a right, claim, privilege, etc.)
- to refrain from insisting on or taking advantage of
- to put off until later; postpone; defer
- Law to forgo or relinquish voluntarily (a right, privilege, claim, etc. which one is legally entitled to enforce)
- Sports to put (a player) on waivers
Origin: Middle English weiven ; from Anglo-French waiver, to renounce, abandon ; from Old Norse veifa, to fluctuate: see waif
waive definition by American Heritage Dictionary
transitive verb waived waived, waiv·ing, waives
- To give up (a claim or right) voluntarily; relinquish. See Synonyms at relinquish.
- To refrain from insisting on or enforcing (a rule or penalty, for example); dispense with: “The original ban on private trading had long since been waived” (William L. Schurz).
- To put aside or off temporarily; defer.
Origin: Middle English weiven, to abandon, from Anglo-Norman weyver, from waif, ownerless property; see waif1.
waive - Legal Definition
- To voluntarily give up, abandon, or surrender a right, privilege or claim. Usually, a right may only be waived if the person so doing has full knowledge of what the consequences might be.
- To abstain from insisting on a formality, such as an extradition hearing prior to extradition.