deposition

UK:*UK and possibly other pronunciationsUK and possibly other pronunciations/ˌdɛpəˈzɪʃən/US:USA pronunciation: IPA and respellingUSA pronuncation: IPA/ˌdɛpəˈzɪʃən/ ,USA pronunciation: respelling(dep′ə zishən, dē′pə-)


WordReference Random House Learner's Dictionary of American English © 2020
dep•o•si•tion /ˌdɛpəˈzɪʃən/USA pronunciation   n. 
  1. removal from an office or position:[uncountable]the deposition of the dictator.
  2. something deposited, such as soil or minerals, by a natural process;
    the act or process of this:[uncountable]soil deposition over the centuries.
  3. Law[countable] a statement under oath, taken down in writing, to be used in court.
See -pos-.
WordReference Random House Unabridged Dictionary of American English © 2020
dep•o•si•tion  (dep′ə zishən, dē′pə-),USA pronunciation n. 
  1. removal from an office or position.
  2. the act or process of depositing:deposition of the documents with the Library of Congress.
  3. Geologythe state of being deposited or precipitated:deposition of soil at the mouth of a river.
  4. something that is deposited.
  5. Law
    • Lawthe giving of testimony under oath.
    • Lawthe testimony so given.
    • Lawa statement under oath, taken down in writing, to be used in court in place of the spoken testimony of the witness.
  6. Religion[Eccles.]
    • the interment of the body of a saint.
    • the reinterment of the body or the relics of a saint.
  7. Fine Art(cap.) a work of art depicting Christ being lowered from the Cross.
dep′o•sition•al, adj. 
  • Late Latin dēpositiōn- (stem of dēpositiō) a putting aside, testimony, burial, equivalent. to Latin dēposit(us) laid down (see deposit) + -iōn- -ion
  • Anglo-French)
  • Middle English ( 1350–1400

Collins Concise English Dictionary © HarperCollins Publishers::
deposition /ˌdɛpəˈzɪʃən ˌdiːpə-/ n
  1. the giving of testimony on oath
  2. the testimony so given
  3. the sworn statement of a witness used in court in his absence
  4. the act or instance of deposing
  5. the act or an instance of depositing
  6. something that is deposited; deposit
Etymology: 14th Century: from Late Latin dēpositiō a laying down, disposal, burying, testimony
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