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Webster 1913 Edition


Deponent

De-po′nent

,
Noun.
[L.
deponenes
,
-entis
, laying down. See
Depone
,
Verb.
T.
]
1.
(Law)
One who deposes or testifies under oath; one who gives evidence; usually, one who testifies in writing.
Syn.
Deponent
,
Affiant
.
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
Deposition
.

De-po′nent

,
Adj.
[L.
deponens
,
-entis
, laying down (its proper passive meaning), p. pr. of
deponere
: cf. F.
déponent
. See
Depone
.]
(Gram.)
Having a passive form with an active meaning, as certain latin and Greek verbs.

Webster 1828 Edition


Deponent

DEPONENT

, a.
1.
Laying down.
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.

DEPONENT

, .
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.

Definition 2022


deponent

deponent

English

Adjective

deponent (not comparable)

  1. (of some Latin, Greek, or Old Irish verbs) Having passive form (that is, conjugating like the passive voice), but an active meaning. (Such verbs, originally reflexive, are considered to have laid aside their passive meanings.)

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See also

  • Category:Greek deponent verbs
  • Category:Latin deponent verbs
  • Category:Old Irish deponent verbs

Noun

deponent (plural deponents)

  1. (law) A witness; especially one who gives information under oath, in a deposition concerning facts known to him or her.
  2. (grammar) A deponent verb.

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Latin

Verb

dēpōnent

  1. third-person plural future active indicative of dēpōnō