Definition of deposition
1 : an act of removing from a position of authority
2 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
3 : an act or process of depositing
depositionalplay \-ˈzish-nəl, -shə-nəl\ adjective
Examples of deposition in a sentence
She gave a videotaped deposition about what she saw that night.
His attorneys took depositions from the witnesses.
the deposition of sand and gravel on the river bed
First Known Use of deposition
DEPOSITION Defined for English Language Learners
Definition of deposition for English Language Learners
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
Legal Definition of deposition
1a : a statement that is made under oath by a party or witness (as an expert) in response to oral examination or written questions and that is recorded by an authorized officer (as a court reporter); broadly : affidavit b : the certified document recording such a statement — compare interrogatory
2 : the hearing at which a deposition is made <the deposition takes place where the deponent answers the questions — Federal Rules of Civil Procedure Rule 30(b)(4)>
Additional Notes on deposition
A deposition can be used as a method of discovery, to preserve the testimony of a witness who is likely to become unavailable for trial, or for impeachment of testimony at trial. Depositions are distinguished from affidavits by the requirement that notice and an opportunity to cross-examine the deponent must be given to the other party.
Origin and Etymology of deposition
Late Latin depositio testimony, from Latin, act of depositing, from deponere to put down, deposit
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