Deponent meaning

dĭ-pōnənt
(law) A witness; especially one who gives information under oath, in a deposition concerning facts known to him or her.
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One who gives testimony by affidavit or deposition.
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A person who, in connection with a litigation, makes a sworn statement, usually orally, in deposition; occasionally in a writing such as an affidavit. See also affiant.
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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.

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A deponent verb.
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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."

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Designating any of those verbs in classical Latin and Greek having passive or middle voice forms and an active meaning.
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(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.)
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(grammar) A deponent verb.
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Being a verb of active meaning but passive or middle form, as certain Latin and Greek verbs.
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A deponent verb.
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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”).

    From Wiktionary