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definition of the word waive

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From weiven to abandon



waive (plural waives)

  1. (obsolete) A waif; a castaway. - John Donne
  2. (UK, obsolete, law) A woman put out of the protection of the law.

to waive

Third person singular

Simple past

Past participle

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to waive (third-person singular simple present waives, present participle waiving, simple past and past participle waived)

  1. (transitive) To relinquish; to give up claim to; not to insist on or claim; to refuse; to forego.
    • He waiveth milk, and flesh, and all. - Geoffrey Chaucer
    • We absolutely do renounce or waive our own opinions, absolutely yielding to the direction of others. - Barrow
  2. (transitive) To throw away; to cast off; to reject; to desert.
  3. (law) To throw away; to relinquish voluntarily, as a right which one may enforce if he chooses; to give up a right, privilege or restriction; as with a waiver.
    If you waive the right to be silent, anything you say can be used against you in a court of law.
  4. (UK) (obsolete) (law) To desert; to abandon. - Burrill
  5. (intransitive) (obsolete) To turn aside; to recede.
    • To waive from the word of Solomon. - Geoffrey Chaucer

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.

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