An example of a deponent is a person who is asked questions by lawyers during a deposition for a court case.
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."
Origin of deponent
- Middle English from Late Latin (verbum) dēpōnēns (verbum) dēpōnent- deponent (verb) present participle of Latin dēpōnere to put down depone
From American Heritage Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition
- From Latin dēpōnēns (“laying aside”), the present active participle of dēpōnō (“lay aside”), from de- + pōnō (“put, place”).