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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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  • 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.
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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
adj.

1520s, originally grammatical (of verbs passive in form but active in sense), from Latin deponentem "putting down or aside," present participle of deponere (see deposit (v.)). Noun meaning "one who makes a deposition" is from 1540s.

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