Part of speech: verb

A deponent verb.

Part of speech: adjective

Laying down; passive in form, but active in meaning, as certain Latin verbs.

Part of speech: noun

One who deposes; a witness who gives written testimony.

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Usage examples "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", 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.", 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", Charles Phelps Cushing.