Definitions of deposition

  1. the act of putting something somewhere
  2. the natural process of laying down a deposit of something
  3. the act of deposing someone; removing a powerful person from a position or office
  4. ( law) a pretrial interrogation of a witness; usually done in a lawyer's office
  5. The act of depositing or deposing; the act of laying down or thrown down; precipitation.
  6. The act of bringing before the mind; presentation.
  7. The act of setting aside a sovereign or a public officer; deprivation of authority and dignity; displacement; removal.
  8. That which is deposited; matter laid or thrown down; sediment; alluvial matter; as, banks are sometimes depositions of alluvial matter.
  9. An opinion, example, or statement, laid down or asserted; a declaration.
  10. 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.
  11. 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.
  12. Act of deposing; evidence on oath; act of depositing; anything deposited.
  13. The act of depositing; a deposit.
  14. Written testimony under oath.
  15. Removal from office.
  16. 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.
  17. 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.

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
  3. I could follow their flight, and we all heard their deposition on a couch in a corner of the room. – The Shadow World by Hamlin Garland
  4. Here in America we are trying a new experiment; we have adopted the principle of election, but we have supplemented it with the equally authoritative right of deposition. – The Complete Essays of C. D. Warner by Charles Dudley Warner
  5. The whole series of designs for Christ's Crucifixion and Deposition from the Cross are executed in chalk, sometimes black, but mostly red. – The Life of Michelangelo Buonarroti by John Addington Symonds
  6. There were whispered consultations at the bedside, and a magistrate came to take a deposition, but the Head Surgeon advised delay. – The Secret Witness by George Gibbs
  7. Artificial teeth made of ivory had been in use from very ancient times, for in the laws of the Twelve Tables there was one which prohibited the deposition of gold in the graves of the dead, excepting the material used for the fastening of false teeth. – Roman Women Woman: In All Ages and in All Countries, Volume 2 (of 10) by Alfred Brittain
  8. It was not fair upon him, to bid him remain in London, after his deposition, as it were. – The Virginians by William Makepeace Thackeray
  9. The remainder of Bryant's deposition, respecting how the island was to be taken, agreed in every particular with the testimony of Elizabeth Anderson and Robert Webb. – An Historical Journal of the Transactions at Port Jackson and Norfolk Island by John Hunter
  10. Whilst I interrogated this man I felt a little of the superstitious terror that Madam Alphonse's deposition had spread throughout the house. – Abbé Aubain and Mosaics by Prosper Mérimée
  11. I always believed in the truth of his deposition before the judge. – The Fortune of the Rougons by Emile Zola
  12. 89, 90. Before sentence he made a deposition in court. – Life and Character of Richard Carlile by George Jacob Holyoake
  13. A climax was reached when the marshal was asked to sign the deposition of some of the generals. – My First Years As A Frenchwoman, 1876-1879 by Mary King Waddington
  14. This room also contains a beautiful della Robbia " Deposition". – A Wanderer in Florence by E. V. Lucas
  15. Still, though it is a difficult subject, the deposition of the man I supplanted went a long way, and the police did not seem desirous of pressing a charge against me. – Winston of the Prairie by Harold Bindloss