deponent

adjective
de·​po·​nent | \ di-ˈpō-nənt How to pronounce deponent (audio) \

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

Examples of deponent in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web: 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 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 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 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 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 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 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 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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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.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/deponent. Accessed 3 Dec. 2021.

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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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