deponent

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adjective

de·​po·​nent di-ˈpō-nənt How to pronounce deponent (audio)
: occurring with passive or middle voice forms but with active voice meaning
the deponent verbs in Latin and Greek

deponent

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noun

1
: a deponent verb
2
: one who gives evidence

Examples of deponent in a Sentence

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Noun
As all deponents are instructed, Mr. Ryan was directed not to guess, assume or speculate in his deposition. Josh Noel, chicagotribune.com, 25 Oct. 2019

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Word History

Etymology

Adjective

Late Latin deponent-, deponens, from Latin, present participle of deponere

First Known Use

Adjective

15th century, in the meaning defined above

Noun

1530, in the meaning defined at sense 1

Time Traveler
The first known use of deponent was in the 15th century

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Cite this Entry

“Deponent.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/deponent. Accessed 15 Jun. 2024.

Kids Definition

deponent

noun
de·​po·​nent
di-ˈpō-nənt
: a person who gives evidence

Legal Definition

deponent

noun
de·​po·​nent
di-ˈpō-nənt
: a person who gives a deposition compare affiant, witness

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