Webster 1913 Edition
-entis, laying down. See
One who deposes or testifies under oath; one who gives evidence; usually, one who testifies in writing.
These are legal terms describing a person who makes a written declaration under oath, with a view to establish certain facts. An affiant is one who makes an affidavit, or declaration under oath, in order to establish the truth of what he says. A deponenet is one who makes a deposition, or gives written testimony under oath, to be used in the trial of some case before a court of justice. See under
-entis, laying down (its proper passive meaning), p. pr. of
deponere: cf. F.
Having a passive form with an active meaning, as certain latin and Greek verbs.
Webster 1828 Edition
2.A deponent verb, in the Latin Grammar, is a verb which has a passive termination, with an active signification, and wants one of the passive participles; as, loquor, to speak.
1.One who deposes, or gives a deposition under oath; one who gives written testimony to be used as evidence in a court of justice. With us in New England, this word is never used, I believe, for a witness who gives oral testimony in court. In England, a deponent is one who gives answers under oath to interrogatories exhibited in chancery.
2.A deponent verb.