Definitions of deposition

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