Definitions of deposition

  1. the natural process of laying down a deposit of something Scrapingweb Dictionary DB
  2. the act of deposing someone; removing a powerful person from a position or office Scrapingweb Dictionary DB
  3. (law) a pretrial interrogation of a witness; usually done in a lawyer's office Scrapingweb Dictionary DB
  4. The act of depositing or deposing; the act of laying down or thrown down; precipitation. Webster Dictionary DB
  5. The act of bringing before the mind; presentation. Webster Dictionary DB
  6. The act of setting aside a sovereign or a public officer; deprivation of authority and dignity; displacement; removal. Webster Dictionary DB
  7. That which is deposited; matter laid or thrown down; sediment; alluvial matter; as, banks are sometimes depositions of alluvial matter. Webster Dictionary DB
  8. An opinion, example, or statement, laid down or asserted; a declaration. Webster Dictionary DB
  9. The act of laying down one's testimony in writing; also, testimony laid or taken down in writing, under oath or affirmation, before some competent officer, and in reply to interrogatories and cross-interrogatories. Webster Dictionary DB
  10. An important tool used in pretrial discovery where one party questions the other party or a witness in the case. Often conducted in an attorney's office, a deposition requires that all questions be answered under oath and be recorded by a court reporter, who creates a deposition transcript. Increasingly, depositions are being videotaped. Any deponent may be represented by an attorney. At trial, deposition testimony can be used to cast doubt on (impeach) a witness's contradictory testimony or to refresh the memory of a suddenly forgetful witness. If a deposed witness is unavailable when the trial takes place -- for example, if he or she has died -- the deposition may be read to the jury in place of live testimony.
  11. Act of deposing; evidence on oath; act of depositing; anything deposited. The Clarendon dictionary. By William Hand Browne, Samuel Stehman Haldeman. Published 1894.
  12. The act of depositing; a deposit. The Concise Standard Dictionary of the English Language. By James Champlin Fernald. Published 1919.
  13. Written testimony under oath. The Concise Standard Dictionary of the English Language. By James Champlin Fernald. Published 1919.
  14. Removal from office. The Concise Standard Dictionary of the English Language. By James Champlin Fernald. Published 1919.
  15. The act of depositing; that which is deposited; the act of deponing or testifying on oath, &c; the declaration deponed; the act of deposing or depriving of office. Nuttall's Standard dictionary of the English language. By Nuttall, P.Austin. Published 1914.
  16. The act of laying or throwing down; that which is laid down; the giving testimony under oath; a written copy of the same attested by the signature of the witness; the depriving of office or dignity. Etymological and pronouncing dictionary of the English language. By Stormonth, James, Phelp, P. H. Published 1874.

Usage examples for deposition

  1. The provisional government had already been recognized by the United States and by other powers, the deposition of the Queen was a fait accompli and her restoration partook of the nature of turning back the clock. – The United States Since The Civil War by Charles Ramsdell Lingley
  2. In some respects the composition of this fragment bears a strong resemblance to the puzzling Deposition from the Cross in our National Gallery. – The Life of Michelangelo Buonarroti by John Addington Symonds