wex definitions


To “waive” is to forego something. It is an act of voluntarily giving up a right, and can apply to a variety of legal situations including knowingly giving up a legal right such as a speedy trial, a jury trial, giving up some rights in a...


Intentionally or voluntarily giving up one's recognized right.


An adjective used to describe behavior that is either particularly inhuman (as in cruel and wanton behavior), or behavior that is lewd or bawdy (in a sexual context).

war and defense powers

Under Article I, Section 8, Congress has the power to declare war, raise and support Armies, provide and maintain a Navy, and organize, arm, discipline, and call forth a militia. This power gives Congress quite broad authority to undertake any measures...

war correspondents

War correspondents are specialized journalists who are present in times of war or armed conflict, with the authorization of the armed forces. War correspondents work under the protection of the army, on the locations of their operations....

war crime

A war crime is a violation of the laws of war. The legal understanding of war crimes has been codified in several multilateral treaties, most notably the Geneva Conventions. More recently, the most comprehensive legal statement on war crimes was the...


Courts may appoint guardians to care for people who cannot properly take care of themselves, due to age or legal incompetence. These protected people are the wards of their guardians.

warehouseman's lien

A security interest that may be acquired in property by someone who provides storage services for that property. The failure to pay for services as agreed may allow the lien holder to keep possession of the property involved.


A writ permitting or directing someone to take some action. Frequently, the term refers to a writ from a judge, permitting law enforcement personnel to take some action, such as make an arrest, search a location, or seize some piece of property. See...


Warrantless means that government officers carry out a search or arrest without a warrant or any other legal authorization. The requirement of a warrant serves to protect individuals’ privacy interests against unreasonable governmental...