noun \ˌde-pə-ˈzi-shən, ˌdē-pə-\

law : a formal statement that someone who has promised to tell the truth makes so that the statement can be used in court; especially : a formal statement that is made before a trial by a witness who will not be present at the trial

: the action of depositing something (such as sand, snow, or mud) on a surface or area especially over a period of time

: the act removing someone from a powerful position : the act of deposing someone

Full Definition of DEPOSITION

:  an act of removing from a position of authority
a :  a testifying especially before a court
b :  declaration; specifically :  testimony taken down in writing under oath
c :  out-of-court testimony made under oath and recorded by an authorized officer for later use in court; also :  a meeting at which such testimony is taken
:  an act or process of depositing
:  something deposited :  deposit
de·po·si·tion·al \-ˈzish-nəl, -shə-nəl\ adjective

Examples of DEPOSITION

  1. She gave a videotaped deposition about what she saw that night.
  2. His attorneys took depositions from the witnesses.
  3. the deposition of sand and gravel on the river bed

First Known Use of DEPOSITION

14th century



noun \ˌdep-ə-ˈzi-shən, ˌdē-pə-\   (Medical Dictionary)

Medical Definition of DEPOSITION

: a process of depositing something <the deposition and clearance of a metabolic product>
: something deposited : deposit <beta-amyloid depositions in Alzheimer's disease>


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