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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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1. (of a verb in Latin or Greek) appearing only in the passive or Greek middle-voice forms, but with active meaning.n.
2. a person who gives evidence.
3. a deponent verb.
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