A deposition is a statement made in court. A deposition can be made outside of court, too — after a crime, a witness might give a deposition. Then that written or recorded deposition can be used as evidence in the courtroom.

The word deposition is often used in a legal context, but a deposition can also be more like a deposit, as in the deposition of sediment on the bottom of a lake. And in the sense of depose, a deposition can refer to getting rid of a person of authority. The deposition of a king is the same thing as a dethronement. Deposition is a busy word, but it’s most often used in court.

Definitions of deposition
  1. noun
    the act of putting something somewhere
    synonyms: deposit
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    repositing, reposition, storage, warehousing
    depositing in a warehouse
    accumulating and storing a reserve supply
    type of:
    the act of building up an accumulation
  2. noun
    the natural process of laying down a deposit of something
    synonyms: deposit
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    the deposition of a substance on an electrode by the action of electricity (especially by electrolysis)
    natural coloring
    deposition from one deposit to another
    (geology) the deposition of one geological stratum on another
    type of:
    accretion, accumulation
    an increase by natural growth or addition
  3. noun
    the act of deposing someone; removing a powerful person from a position or office
    synonyms: dethronement
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    type of:
    ouster, ousting
    the act of ejecting someone or forcing them out
  4. noun
    (law) a pretrial interrogation of a witness; usually conducted in a lawyer's office
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    examination, interrogation, interrogatory
    formal systematic questioning
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