- 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 depositional
Historical Examples of depositional
Surrounding the depositional area, the markedly yellow sandy clay stands out in definite contrast.The Topanga Culture Final Report on Excavations, 1948
A. E. Treganza
- 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
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.