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Waive (?), n. [See Waive, v. t. ]


A waif; a castaway.



2. O. Eng.Law

A woman put out of the protection of the law. See Waive, v. t., 3 (b), and the Note.


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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.]


To relinquish; to give up claim to; not to insist on or claim; to refuse; to forego.

He waiveth milk, and flesh, and all. Chaucer.

We absolutely do renounce or waive our own opinions, absolutely yielding to the direction of others. Barrow.


To throw away; to cast off; to reject; to desert.

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.


⇒ 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.



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Waive, v. i.

To turn aside; to recede.


To waive from the word of Solomon. Chaucer.


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