deponents

deponent

[dih-poh-nuhnt]
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:
1520–30; < Latin dēpōnent- (stem of dēpōnēns) putting away (Medieval Latin: testifying), present participle of dēpōnere. See depone, -ent

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deponent (dɪˈpəʊnənt)
 
adj
1.  grammar (of a verb, esp in Latin) having the inflectional endings of a passive verb but the meaning of an active verb
 
n
2.  grammar a deponent verb
3.  law
 a.  a person who makes an affidavit
 b.  a person, esp a witness, who makes a deposition
 
[C16: from Latin dēpōnēns putting aside, putting down, from dēpōnere to put down, depone]

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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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