Definition of semi-deponent in English:

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semi-deponent

Pronunciation: /sɛmɪdɪˈpəʊnənt/

adjective

(Of a Latin verb) having active forms in present tenses, and passive forms with active sense in perfect tenses.
Example sentences
  • 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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