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Recently, someone asked me to explain the difference between the words waver and waiver. Here’s the difference between the two.


Waver is a verb that means something like being unsteady or undecided.

  • In the end, her courage wavered as she stood to jump from the plane.
  • After his mother died, his faith in God wavered.


Waiver, on the other hand, is a noun that refers to the process of waiving something (or a token of that process), and to waive something means to dismiss it.

  • Because he has lots his job, his landlord gave him a waiver for that month’s rent.
  • The developer was friends with the development officer, so he secured a waiver for his building’s excess height.
  • Before the photographer started taking photographs, she had her clients sign a usage waiver.

Which words do you confuse? Let me know in the comments below.

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About Kim Siever

I am a copywriter and copyeditor. I blog on writing tips mostly, but I sometimes throw in my thoughts about running a small business. Follow me on Twitter at @hotpepper.

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