deponent[dē pō′nənt, di-]
- The definition of deponent is active but in a passive way.
An example of a deponent verb is a verb that has an active meaning but takes a passive or middle form such as in the phrase "I take."
- Deponent is defined as a person who testifies under oath in a deposition or in writing by signing an affidavit.
An example of a deponent is a person who is asked questions by lawyers during a deposition for a court case.
Origin of deponentClassical Latin deponens, present participle of deponere, to lay down, set down: see depose
- Gram. a deponent verb
- a person who testifies under oath, esp., one who makes a deposition
- Grammar A deponent verb.
- Law One who gives testimony by affidavit or deposition.
Origin of deponentMiddle English, from Late Latin (verbum) dēpōnēns, (verbum) dēpōnent-, deponent (verb), present participle of Latin dēpōnere, to put down; see depone.
- (of some Latin, Greek, or Old Irish verbs) Having passive form (that is, conjugating like the passive voice), but an active meaning. (Such verbs, originally reflexive, are considered to have laid aside their passive meanings.)
From Latin dēpōnēns (“laying aside”), the present active participle of dēpōnō (“lay aside”), from de- + pōnō (“put, place”).
deponent - Legal Definition