wex definitions

wage attachment

Wage attachment, also known as wage garnishment, is a court order by which the court attaches debtors' wages to help pay their creditors by directly transferring the wages to the creditors. Although a wage attachment order can be obtained...

wages

Wages are payment, usually financial, that an employee receives in exchange for their labor from an employer. Wages include salaries, bonuses, tips, etc.

As of April 2021, the federal minimum wage for covered nonexempt...

waiting period

The waiting period is the stage in the initial public offering (IPO) process after the issuer files their registration statement with the Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) and waits for the SEC to declare their registration statement...

waive

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...

waiver

Intentionally or voluntarily giving up one's recognized right.

wanton

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...

ward

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.

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