From Latin dēpōnēns (“laying aside”), the present active participle of dēpōnō (“lay aside”), from dē- + pōnō (“put, place”). The name comes from the idea that such verbs were originally reflexive and then later "laid aside" their passive meanings.
deponent (not comparable)
- (grammar, of a verb) Having passive grammatical form (that is, conjugating like the passive voice), but an active meaning.
deponent (plural deponents)
- (law) A witness; especially one who gives information under oath, in a deposition concerning facts known to him or her.
- 1898, R. S. Craig, Adam Laing, The Hawick Tradition of 1514: The Town's Common Flag and Seal, page 240:
- The said William Aitken, being of new solemnly sworn, &c., depones he is a Burgess of Hawick, and had the property of a house which he now liferents, the fee being disponed to his son-in-law, Bailie Robert Scot, for the use of his son William, his daughter, Bailie Scot's wife, having paid the price of the house; depones sixty years ago Gilbert Elliot was tenant in Nether Southfield, who broke Hawick Common by plowing a part of it, which the Deponent saw at the Common-Riding when the Magistrates and other persons at the Common-Riding potched the ground he had plowed, and was then sown that he might not reap the crop of this.
- (grammar) A deponent verb.
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|Inflection of deponent|
|Indefinte common singular||deponent||—||—2|
|Indefinite neuter singular||deponent||—||—2|
|1) When an adjective is applied predicatively to something definite, the corresponding "indefinite" form is used.|
2) The "indefinite" superlatives may not be used attributively.
deponent m (plural deponenti)
deponent (plural deponenti)
deponent m (plural deponenți)