deponent

adjective
de·​po·​nent | \di-ˈpō-nənt \

Definition of deponent 

(Entry 1 of 2)

: occurring with passive or middle voice forms but with active voice meaning the deponent verbs in Latin and Greek

deponent

noun

Definition of deponent (Entry 2 of 2)

1 : a deponent verb

2 : one who gives evidence

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In most court cases, parties are allowed only one deposition to limit the burden of the deponents. Matthew Adkins, The Mercury News, "Judge orders Vallejo police to turn over evidence in kidnapping case," 23 Jan. 2017

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First Known Use of deponent

Adjective

15th century, in the meaning defined above

Noun

1530, in the meaning defined at sense 1

History and Etymology for deponent

Adjective

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

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deponent

noun
de·​po·​nent | \di-ˈpō-nənt\

Legal Definition of deponent 

: a person who gives a deposition — compare affiant, witness

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