Entry from British & World English dictionary
(Of a Latin verb) having active forms in present tenses, and passive forms with active sense in perfect tenses.
- This well-known ‘deponent’ (or more accurately, semi-deponent) also occurs exclusively in the middle/passive, yet it is listed with a middle/passive headword, unlike the two previous examples.
- These words are actually a subset of ‘semi-deponent’ or ‘partially deponent’ words-verbs that are ‘deponent’ in one or more tense form but not all.
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