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deponent n : a person who testifies or gives a deposition [syn: testifier]

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From Latin present participle deponens, from verb deponere, lay aside, from prefix de- + verb ponere, put or place.


  1. In Latin, a characteristic indicating that a verb has passive form (that is, conjugates like the passive voice), but has an active meaning. (Such verbs, originally reflexive, are considered to have laid aside their passive meanings.) Examples include sequi and loqui.


  1. : A witness; especially one who gives information under oath, in a deposition concerning facts known to him or her.
  2. A deponent verb


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Deponent has significance in two different reference frames:
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