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adj. Grammar
Being a verb of active meaning but passive or middle form, as certain Latin and Greek verbs.
1. Grammar A deponent verb.
2. Law One who gives testimony by affidavit or deposition.

[Middle English, from Late Latin (verbum) dēpōnēns, (verbum) dēpōnent-, deponent (verb), present participle of Latin dēpōnere, to put down; see depone.]
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(Grammar) grammar (of a verb, esp in Latin) having the inflectional endings of a passive verb but the meaning of an active verb
1. (Grammar) grammar a deponent verb
2. (Law) law
a. a person who makes an affidavit
b. a person, esp a witness, who makes a deposition
[C16: from Latin dēpōnēns putting aside, putting down, from dēpōnere to put down, depone]
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(dɪˈpoʊ nənt)

1. (of a verb in Latin or Greek) appearing only in the passive or Greek middle-voice forms, but with active meaning.
2. a person who gives evidence.
3. a deponent verb.
[1520–30; < Latin dēpōnent-, s. of dēpōnēns, present participle of dēpōnere. See depone, -ent]
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affidavit, deponent - An affidavit (literally, "he has stated on oath") is taken by a judge, while the deponent swears, makes, or takes an affidavit.
See also related terms for judge.
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ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Noun1.deponent - a person who testifies or gives a deposition
witness, witnesser, informant - someone who sees an event and reports what happened
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Law. One who testifies, especially in court:
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n (Ling) → Deponens nt; (Jur) → vereidigter Zeuge
adj deponent verbDeponens nt
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References in classic literature ?
"Well, you know I couldn't get along very well without it, darling," responded Dan who, since New Year's, had adopted a new method of dealing with Felicity--whether by way of keeping his resolution or because he had discovered that it annoyed Felicity far more than angry retorts, deponent sayeth not.
Dolly in the meanwhile, whose gay heart and head ran upon other matters, passed out at the garden door, and glancing back now and then (but of course not wondering whether Joe saw her), tripped away by a path across the fields with which she was well acquainted, to discharge her mission at the Warren; and this deponent hath been informed and verily believes, that you might have seen many less pleasant objects than the cherry-coloured mantle and ribbons, as they went fluttering along the green meadows in the bright light of the day, like giddy things as they were.
In the taking of legal oaths, for instance, deponents seem to enjoy themselves mightily when they come to several good words in succession, for the expression of one idea; as, that they utterly detest, abominate, and abjure, or so forth; and the old anathemas were made relishing on the same principle.
According to the deponent, some of the numerous investors who became impatient authored a petition to the EFCC complaining that the plaintiffs were not forthcoming in meeting their financial obligations and return on investment to them.
The affidavit states, 'I, Muhammad Arshad Malik, adult Muslim, the above-named deponent, do hereby solemnly affirm and declare on oath as under:
"Even though the central government maintains secrecy, the petitioners and the deponent of the affidavit of the review petition are guilty of leakage of sensitive information, which offends the terms of the agreements," it said.
Minke's counsel may probe whether the deponent or other participant in the closed session was seeking legal, as opposed to business, advice regarding Minke's employment or whether the discussions concerned assistance in legal proceedings.
I could ask a deponent to hold some warm water with lemon while I hand the court reporter my card.
Chief Justice Nisar observed that Justice Chaudhry should have known that the affidavit had no value unless the deponent was cross-examined.
In the instant motion, the judge agreed with the plaintiff's complaint that defense counsel's comments "suggested to the deponent the answer he wanted from his client."
4th DCA 2015), allowing the court to find a deponent in contempt if he or she refuses to obey a court order directing the deponent to produce documents.