Webster's New International Dictionary, Second Edition

Canadian Law Dictionary.

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Waiver:
When a person disclaims or renounces a right that they may have otherwise had. Waivers are not always in writing. Sometimes a person's actions can be interpreted as a waiver.

Warehouseman's Lien:
The charge that a warehouseman has on goods left for storage in his care.  The warehouseman has the right to hold onto the goods until he is paid or to sell the goods to recover his account.

Whistleblowers:
Those who disclose information about something they believe to be harmful to the public's interest, occurring in business or in government. It includes disclosure to authorities within the organization, to outside agencies or to the media.

Without Prejudice:
Without dismissing, damaging or otherwise affecting a legal interest or demand; without detriment to existing right or claim; relates to fact, not to opinion. This expression is used when a person, in the desire to avoid litigation or dispute without admitting that the other party has a claim, offers to do something he need not do, such as to compromise a claim of his own or to pay when he feels he is not liable.

Words of Limitation:
Words in a conveyance or in a will which set the duration of an estate.

Words of Purchase:
Words which specifically name the person to whom land is being conveyed.

Writ:
Form of written notice or command issued by a Court or other official. Can include Writ of Summons, Writ of Subpoena, Writ of Attachment, Writ of Habeas Corpus, etc.

Writ of Summons:
Form of written notice prepared by the Plaintiff which is registered at the appropriate Court Registry, giving notice to the defendants that a legal action has been commenced against them and containing details of the Plaintiff's claims.

Wrongful Death:
An American tort law action which claims damages from any person who, through negligence or direct act or omission, caused the death of certain relatives (eg. spouse, children or parent). The Canadian equivalent of the wrongful death legislation is generally known as the "fatal accidents act.".

Wrongful Dismissal:
Being fired from a job without an adequate reason or without any reason whatsoever. Employees do not have a right to a job for life and can be dismissed for economic or performance reasons but they cannot be dismissed capriciously.

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