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



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,, "Founders Brewing faces fallout in Chicago and elsewhere following racial discrimination lawsuit details," 25 Oct. 2019 As all deponents are instructed, Mr. Ryan was directed not to guess, assume or speculate in his deposition. Brian Manzullo, Detroit Free Press, "Founders Brewing Co. facing criticism for leaked deposition in racial discrimination case," 21 Oct. 2019 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


15th century, in the meaning defined above


1530, in the meaning defined at sense 1

History and Etymology for deponent


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

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de·​po·​nent | \ di-ˈpō-nənt\

Legal Definition of deponent

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

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