Webster 1913 Edition



The act of waiving, or not insisting on, some right, claim, or privilege.

Definition 2021





waiver (plural waivers)

  1. The act of waiving, or not insisting on, some right, claim, or privilege.
  2. (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.
  3. 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.

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waiver (third-person singular simple present waivers, present participle waivering, simple past and past participle waivered)

  1. (transitive) To waive.
    • US Department of Defense, ‎AR 195-3 04/22/1987 Acceptance, Accreditation, and Release of United States Army Criminal Investigation Command Personnel
      The USACIDC Accreditation Division will conduct an annual reconciliation of the individual's academic achievement, through his or her unit commander, until he or she meets the waivered civilian education requirement.
  2. Misspelling of waver.

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Old French



  1. (Anglo-Norman) Alternative form of weyver


This verb conjugates as a first-group verb ending in -er. The forms that would normally end in *-v, *-vs, *-vt are modified to f, s, t. This verb has irregularities in its conjugation. Old French conjugation varies significantly by date and by region. The following conjugation should be treated as a guide.