- Classical Greek and Latin Grammar. (of a verb) appearing only in the passive or Greek middle-voice forms, but with active meaning.
- Law. a person who testifies under oath, especially in writing.
- Classical Greek and Latin Grammar. a deponent verb, as Latin loquor.
Origin of deponent
Examples from the Web for deponent
Where they belong in the absence of these, deponent sayeth not.Who Was Who: 5000 B. C. to Date
The deponent was there and was wounded, as were both the women.The Expedition to Borneo of H.M.S. Dido
To the Seventh Interrogatory this deponent saith559 that he knows that Capn.
Haddon was sailed from thence before this Deponent arrived there.
That he this Deponent was sole Owner of said Schooner at that time.
- grammar (of a verb, esp in Latin) having the inflectional endings of a passive verb but the meaning of an active verb
- grammar a deponent verb
- a person who makes an affidavit
- a person, esp a witness, who makes a deposition
Word Origin and History for deponent
1520s, originally grammatical (of verbs passive in form but active in sense), from Latin deponentem "putting down or aside," present participle of deponere (see deposit (v.)). Noun meaning "one who makes a deposition" is from 1540s.