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deponent

[dih-poh-nuh nt] /dɪˈpoʊ nənt/
adjective
1.
Classical Greek and Latin Grammar. (of a verb) appearing only in the passive or Greek middle-voice forms, but with active meaning.
noun
2.
Law. a person who testifies under oath, especially in writing.
3.
Classical Greek and Latin Grammar. a deponent verb, as Latin loquor.
Origin
1520-1530
1520-30; < Latin dēpōnent- (stem of dēpōnēns) putting away (Medieval Latin: testifying), present participle of dēpōnere. See depone, -ent
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Examples for deponent
  • The deponent will be sworn in by the designated officer.
  • Only the deponent and any exhibits or demonstrative aids used in the examination will be video recorded.
British Dictionary definitions for deponent

deponent

/dɪˈpəʊnənt/
adjective
1.
(grammar) (of a verb, esp in Latin) having the inflectional endings of a passive verb but the meaning of an active verb
noun
2.
(grammar) a deponent verb
3.
(law)
  1. a person who makes an affidavit
  2. a person, esp a witness, who makes a deposition
Word Origin
C16: from Latin dēpōnēns putting aside, putting down, from dēpōnere to put down, depone
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Word Origin and History for deponent
deponent
1520s, originally grammatical, from L. deponentem, prp. of deponere (see deposit). Meaning "one who makes a deposition" is from 1540s.
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