What does the word deponent mean?

Usage examples for deponent

  1. The American explained tersely that he had a message to deliver a friend, who had shipped aboard a vessel known as the Alethea, scheduled to sail at floodtide; further than which deponent averred naught. – The Black Bag by Louis Joseph Vance
  2. The deponent also said that Fray Dominic told her that Don Bartholomew had read the works of Luther. – The History of the Inquisition of Spain from the Time of its Establishment to the Reign of Ferdinand VII. by Juan Antonio Llorente
  3. A confession may be in order: your deponent testifies freely, knowing that anything he may say may be used against him, that for years he has been a tireless producer of unsuccessful fiction, yet he views his series of rebuffs in this medium calmly and even somewhat humorously. – If You Don't Write Fiction by Charles Phelps Cushing