[ dih-poh-nuh nt ]
/ dɪˈpoʊ nənt /


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.

Nearby words

  1. depoliticize,
  2. depollute,
  3. depolymerase,
  4. depolymerize,
  5. depone,
  6. depopulate,
  7. depopulation,
  8. deport,
  9. deportation,
  10. deportee

Origin of deponent

1520–30; < Latin dēpōnent- (stem of dēpōnēns) putting away (Medieval Latin: testifying), present participle of dēpōnere. See depone, -ent Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

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British Dictionary definitions for deponent


/ (dɪˈpəʊnənt) /


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
  1. a person who makes an affidavit
  2. a person, esp a witness, who makes a deposition

Word Origin for deponent

C16: from Latin dēpōnēns putting aside, putting down, from dēpōnere to put down, depone

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