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Waiver vs. waver

Waiver is a noun with several meanings, including (1) intentional relinquishment of a right or privilege, (2) a dispensation, and (3) a deferment. In most cases, the one who relinquishes a right or privilege gives the waiver, while the one who benefits from the relinquishment receives the waiver. Waver is a verb meaning (1) to move unsteadily back and forth, (2) to vacillate, or (3) to tremble in sound.

Related distinctions apply to the verbs waive and wave.

Examples

Waiver

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Oak Hills Local School District officials will apply for a two-year waiver to the all-day kindergarten mandate. [Cincinnati.com]

According to FCC rules, people who can’t get FOX can get a special waiver to receive a FOX feed from another affiliate. [KEPRtv.com]

Waver

In written responses to questions from the Washington Post and the Wall Street Journal, Hu showed no indication that China intended to waver from that path. [LA Times]

Much of our fresh resolve is already beginning to waver. [Financial Times]

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