Definition of deposition
1 : an act of removing from a position of authority : an act of deposing deposition of a king
2a law : a testifying especially before a court was sworn in before giving his depositionb : declaration; specifically, law : testimony taken down in writing under oath took depositions from the witnessesc law : out-of-court testimony made under oath and recorded by an authorized officer for later use in court gave a videotaped deposition about what she witnessed; also : a meeting at which such testimony is taken
3 : an act or process of laying someone or something down or letting something fall : an act or process of depositing the deposition of earth and stone by glaciers
4 : something deposited : deposit Moraines are glacial depositions.
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
Recent Examples of deposition from the Web
A judge ordered Cosby's deposition from the civil suit unsealed, and Pennsylvania prosecutors reopened the investigation into Constand's complaint.
Clinton’s denial of an affair with White House intern Monica Lewinsky during a deposition in the Jones case led to his impeachment trial.
And her deposition from that lawsuit remains sealed.
But depositions and emails released Wednesday in a federal lawsuit challenging the constitutionality of the boundaries have raised questions about the argument, and about the commitment officials had to maintaining cohesion in the corridor.
In her deposition, Boyd denied receiving money under that guise but admitted to owning the P.O. box King cited.
One time when hurriedly dressing for the first day of depositions, Avner was surprised to see at least five bullet scars on Raduenz’s body.
The Sunday Times also reported that Salazar put some of his athletes at risk by persuading them to take high doses of vitamin D. Last summer, USADA sought a deposition from Dr. Brown as part of their investigation into Salazar.
U.S. Magistrate Judge David Weisman instead ordered Porter to sit for a June 6 deposition.
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Origin and Etymology of deposition
First Known Use: 14th century
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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