- the giving of testimony under oath.
- the testimony so given.
- a statement under oath, taken down in writing, to be used in court in place of the spoken testimony of the witness.
- the interment of the body of a saint.
- the reinterment of the body or the relics of a saint.
Origin of deposition
Examples from the Web for deposition
Also, at the time of his deposition Thicke had been off of pills for two months, because his wife left him in February.Hey, Hey, Hey Robin Thicke Was Too Vicodin Wasted to Really Write ‘Blurred Lines’|Amy Zimmerman|September 16, 2014|DAILY BEAST
Evans used a “pressure point control technique,” one of the officers testified in his deposition.I Was Beaten By Chicago’s Dirtiest Cop, Lawsuit Contends|Justin Glawe|September 16, 2014|DAILY BEAST
A brief bio is to be found in a deposition she gave in the criminal case before the felony charge was dropped.
At the time of the second deposition, Tihen had been in office for more than a year.
In a deposition given under hypnosis two years later, he remembered that he “woke up, saw my death, and looked around.”
No doubt he knew the exact age of the man as well as I did, but it was not for him to have hastened his deposition.The Fixed Period|Anthony Trollope
It was a reversion to the old right of election, and to the precedent set in the deposition of Edward II.A Student's History of England, v. 1 (of 3)|Samuel R. Gardiner.
I thank you, replied I; listen, therefore, to the deposition that I have to make.Frankenstein|Mary Shelley
And, did you and I talk for a few minutes about the type of questions I would be asking you during this deposition?Warren Commission (6 of 26): Hearings Vol. VI (of 15)|The President's Commission on the Assassination of President Kennedy
They got his deposition, because the boy, I know, put his scope on his rifle for him.Warren Commission (10 of 26): Hearings Vol. X (of 15)|The President's Commission on the Assassination of President Kennedy
British Dictionary definitions for deposition (1 of 2)
- the giving of testimony on oath
- the testimony so given
- the sworn statement of a witness used in court in his absence
Word Origin for deposition
British Dictionary definitions for deposition (2 of 2)
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.