An example of waiver is a person signing a form releasing the owners of an event location from liability if the person signing the waiver was injured while at the event.
- the act or an instance of waiving, or relinquishing voluntarily, a right, claim, privilege, etc.
- a formal written statement of such relinquishment
Origin of waiversubstantive use of Anglo-Fr: see waive
- a. Intentional relinquishment of a right, claim, or privilege.b. The document that evidences such relinquishment.
- A dispensation, as from a rule or penalty.
- Permission for a professional athletic club to assign a player to the minor leagues or release a player from the club, granted only after all other clubs have been given the opportunity to claim the player and have not done so.
- A deferment.
transitive verbwai·vered, wai·ver·ing, wai·vers
Origin of waiverAnglo-Norman weyver, from weyver, to abandon; see waive.
- The act of waiving, or not insisting on, some right, claim, or privilege.
- (law) A legal document releasing some requirement, such as waiving a right (giving it up) or a waiver of liability (agreeing to hold someone blameless). Also used for such a form even before it is filled out and signed.
- I had to sign a waiver when I went skydiving, agreeing not to sue even if something went wrong.
- Something that releases a person from a requirement.
- I needed a waiver from the department head to take the course because I didn't technically have the prerequisite courses.
- I needed a waiver from the zoning board for the house because the lot was so small, but they let me build because it was next to the park.
Anglo-Norman weyver, from waiver Date: 1628
waiver - Legal Definition
- A voluntary relinquishing of a right or privilege. Although a waiver may result from an explicit surrender or by circumstances, courts frown on accepting waivers of constitutional rights. The party waiving a right must have knowledge of that right and the informed intention of surrendering it.
- The paper by which a person surrenders his or her rights; for example, when the courier delivered the package, the recipient may sign a waiver relieving the former of any further responsibility.