[ dep-uh-zish-uh n, dee-puh- ]
/ ˌdɛp əˈzɪʃ ən, ˌdi pə- /


Nearby words

  1. deposit,
  2. deposit account,
  3. deposit money,
  4. deposit slip,
  5. depositary,
  6. depositor,
  7. depository,
  8. depository library,
  9. depot,
  10. depot injection

Origin of deposition

1350–1400; Middle English (< Anglo-French) < Late Latin dēpositiōn- (stem of dēpositiō) a putting aside, testimony, burial, equivalent to Latin dēposit(us) laid down (see deposit) + -iōn- -ion

Related formsdep·o·si·tion·al, adjectivepost·dep·o·si·tion·al, adjective Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

Examples from the Web for deposition

British Dictionary definitions for deposition


/ (ˌdɛpəˈzɪʃən, ˌdiːpə-) /


  1. the giving of testimony on oath
  2. the testimony so given
  3. the sworn statement of a witness used in court in his absence
the act or instance of deposing
the act or an instance of depositing
something that is deposited; deposit

Word Origin for deposition

C14: from Late Latin dēpositiō a laying down, disposal, burying, testimony


/ (ˌdɛpəˈzɪʃən, ˌdiːpə-) /


the taking down of Christ's body from the Cross or a representation of this
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Word Origin and History for deposition



late 14c., "dethronement, putting down from dignity or authority," from Old French deposicion (12c.), from Latin depositionem (nominative depositio), noun of action from past participle stem of deponere (see deposit (v.)).

Meaning "statements made in court under oath" is from early 15c. Meaning "action of depositing" is from 1590s. Properly, deposition belongs to deposit, but deposit and depose have become totally confused and English deposition partakes of senses belonging to both.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper

Science definitions for deposition


[ dĕp′ə-zĭshən ]

The accumulation or laying down of matter by a natural process, as the laying down of sediments in a river or the accumulation of mineral deposits in a bodily organ.
The process of changing from a gas to a solid without passing through an intermediate liquid phase. Carbon dioxide, at a pressure of one atmosphere, undergoes deposition at about -78 degrees Celsius. Compare sublimation.
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