Definition of deposition in English:


Line breaks: de|pos¦ition
Pronunciation: /ˌdɛpəˈzɪʃ(ə)n
, diː-/


[mass noun]
  • 2 Law The giving of sworn evidence: the deposition of four expert witnesses
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    • That contradicted her sworn deposition, in which she said board members hadn't named what alternatives should be presented to balance evolutionary theory.
    • It tells the plaintiff, in effect, that he or she cannot even force the defendant to answer questions, in deposition or interrogatories, about what exactly occurred.
    • Mr Coppel informed us that neither the transcript of the memorandum interview, the video of it, or any other deposition is available to the Respondent.
  • 2.1 [count noun] A formal, usually written, statement to be used as evidence: a commissioner to take depositions from witnesses
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    • In fact, what happens is that on a ‘fast track’ plea, police officers do not prepare statements or depositions at all.
    • Right now, the lawyers are working on pre-trial hearings, depositions, and evidence gathering.
    • Several measures, however, have been allowed to shorten the process, including taking of depositions from potential witnesses while open court is not in session.
  • 3The action of depositing something: pebbles formed by the deposition of calcium in solution
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    • These chemicals prevented normal calcium deposition during eggshell formation, and caused females to lay thin-shelled eggs that often broke before hatching.
    • Untreated inflammation can result in cataracts, calcium deposition in the cornea, glaucoma and, ultimately, blindness.
    • In a state of the art review article, Chan and colleagues discuss calcium deposition with or without bone formation in the lung.
    depositing, settling; accumulation, build-up
    informal dumping
    technical precipitation
  • 4 (the Deposition) The removal of the body of Christ from the Cross.
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    • The Pietà is the title given to the representation of the Virgin Mary, Mary Magdalene and St. John lamenting over the dead Christ after the Deposition and before the Entombment.
    • The scene of the Deposition at Parma is further amplified by the presence of John the Evangelist at the right of the cross, the three Marys, Magdalene, Jacobi and Salome and a group of soldiers playing for the garment of the Saviour.


late Middle English: from Latin depositio(n-), from the verb deponere (see deposit).

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