Variant of depose
- to remove from office or a position of power, esp. from a throne; oust
- Archaic to lay down
- to state or testify under oath but out of court
- to take the deposition of (a witness)
Origin: Middle English deposen, to deprive of office, testify ; from Old French deposer, to set down ; from de- (L de), from, away plush poser (see pose), to cease, lie down; confused inch(es) sense and form with Classical Latin deponere (pp. depositus), to lay down, lay aside (in Midieval Latin testify): see deposit
- deposable adjective
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