Waive Waive, v. t. [imp. & p. p. {Waived}; p. pr. & vb. n. {Waiving}.] [OE. waiven, weiven, to set aside, remove, OF. weyver, quesver, to waive, of Scand. origin; cf. Icel. veifa to wave, to vibrate, akin to Skr. vip to tremble. Cf. {Vibrate}, {Waif}.] [Written also {wave}.] [1913 Webster] 1. To relinquish; to give up claim to; not to insist on or claim; to refuse; to forego. [1913 Webster]

He waiveth milk, and flesh, and all. --Chaucer. [1913 Webster]

We absolutely do renounce or waive our own opinions, absolutely yielding to the direction of others. --Barrow. [1913 Webster]

2. To throw away; to cast off; to reject; to desert. [1913 Webster]

3. (Law) (a) To throw away; to relinquish voluntarily, as a right which one may enforce if he chooses. (b) (O. Eng. Law) To desert; to abandon. --Burrill. [1913 Webster]

Note: The term was applied to a woman, in the same sense as outlaw to a man. A woman could not be outlawed, in the proper sense of the word, because, according to Bracton, she was never in law, that is, in a frankpledge or decennary; but she might be waived, and held as abandoned. --Burrill. [1913 Webster]

The Collaborative International Dictionary of English. 2000.


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  • waive — / wāv/ vt waived, waiv·ing [Anglo French waiver weiver, literally to abandon, forsake, from waif weif forlorn, stray, probably from Old Norse veif something loose or flapping] 1: to relinquish (as a right or privilege) voluntarily and… …   Law dictionary

  • waive — [weɪv] verb [transitive] LAW to state officially that a right, rule etc can be ignored in a particular case: • The government has waived restrictions on dealing in foreign currencies. • American Express offered to waive fees for additional cards… …   Financial and business terms

  • Waive — Waive, n. [See {Waive}, v. t. ] 1. A waif; a castaway. [Obs.] Donne. [1913 Webster] 2. (O. Eng. Law) A woman put out of the protection of the law. See {Waive}, v. t., 3 (b), and the Note. [1913 Webster] …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • waive — means ‘to give up (a right or claim) voluntarily’, as in waiving an immunity or waiving formalities. It is not formally confused with the more familiar verb wave except in phrasal verbs such as waive aside and waive away (= to put aside as if… …   Modern English usage

  • Waive — Waive, v. i. To turn aside; to recede. [Obs.] [1913 Webster] To waive from the word of Solomon. Chaucer. [1913 Webster] …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • waive — (v.) c.1300, from Anglo Fr. weyver to abandon, waive, O.Fr. weyver, guever to abandon, give back, probably from a Scandinavian source akin to O.N. veifa to swing about, from P.Gmc. *waibijanan (see WAIF (Cf. waif)). In Middle English legal… …   Etymology dictionary

  • waive — [weıv] v [T] [Date: 1200 1300; : Old North French; Origin: weyver, from waif; WAIF] to state officially that a right, rule etc can be ignored ▪ She waived her right to a lawyer …   Dictionary of contemporary English

  • waive — [ weıv ] verb transitive to choose to officially ignore a rule, right, or claim: The defendant has waived his right to a jury trial. Museum entrance fees have been waived (=not charged) …   Usage of the words and phrases in modern English

  • waive — cede, yield, resign, abandon, surrender, *relinquish, leave Analogous words: *forgo, forbear, sacrifice: concede, *grant, allow Contrasted words: *demand, claim, require, exact: assert, *maintain, defend …   New Dictionary of Synonyms

  • waive — [v] give up; let go abandon, allow, cede, defer, delay, disclaim, disown, dispense with, forgo, grant, hand over, hold off, hold up, leave, neglect, postpone, prorogue, put off, refrain from, reject, relinquish, remit, remove, renege, renounce,… …   New thesaurus

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