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[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 intentionally [the defendant waived a felony hearing on the charge "National Law Journal"] compare forfeit, reserve
2 : to refrain from enforcing or requiring [some statutes the age requirement "W. M. McGovern, Jr. et al."]
Source: Merriam-Webster's Dictionary of Law ©1996. Merriam-Webster, Incorporated. Published under license with Merriam-Webster, Incorporated.