deposition

A deposition is a statement made in court. A deposition can be made outside of court, too β€” 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.

Primary Meanings of deposition

1.
n
the act of putting something somewhere
2.
n
the act of deposing someone; removing a powerful person from a position or office
3.
n
(law) a pretrial interrogation of a witness; usually conducted in a lawyer's office
Full Definitions of deposition
1

n the act of putting something somewhere

Synonyms:
deposit
Types:
repositing, reposition, storage, warehousing
depositing in a warehouse
stockpiling
accumulating and storing a reserve supply
Type of:
buildup
the act of building up an accumulation

n the natural process of laying down a deposit of something

Synonyms:
deposit
Types:
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electrodeposition
the deposition of a substance on an electrode by the action of electricity (especially by electrolysis)
pigmentation
the deposition of pigment in animals or plants or human beings
redeposition
deposition from one deposit to another
superposition
(geology) the deposition of one geological stratum on another
Type of:
accretion, accumulation
an increase by natural growth or addition
2

n the act of deposing someone; removing a powerful person from a position or office

Synonyms:
dethronement
Type of:
ouster, ousting
the act of ejecting someone or forcing them out
3

n (law) a pretrial interrogation of a witness; usually conducted in a lawyer's office

Type of:
examination, interrogation, interrogatory
formal systematic questioning

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