Definition of Deposition

1. Noun. The natural process of laying down a deposit of something.

Exact synonyms: Deposit
Generic synonyms: Accretion, Accumulation
Specialized synonyms: Electrodeposition, Pigmentation, Redeposition, Superposition

2. Noun. (law) a pretrial interrogation of a witness; usually conducted in a lawyer's office.
Generic synonyms: Examination, Interrogation, Interrogatory
Category relationships: Jurisprudence, Law
Derivative terms: Depose

3. Noun. The act of putting something somewhere.
Exact synonyms: Deposit
Generic synonyms: Buildup
Specialized synonyms: Repositing, Reposition, Storage, Warehousing
Derivative terms: Deposit, Deposit

4. Noun. The act of deposing someone; removing a powerful person from a position or office.
Exact synonyms: Dethronement
Generic synonyms: Ouster, Ousting
Derivative terms: Depose, Dethrone

Definition of Deposition

1. n. The act of depositing or deposing; the act of laying down or thrown down; precipitation.

Definition of Deposition

1. Proper noun. (Christianity) The removal of Jesus from the cross. ¹

2. Noun. The removal of someone from office. ¹

3. Noun. The act of depositing material, especially by a natural process; the resultant deposit. ¹

4. Noun. (chemistry) The production of a thin film of material onto an existing surface. ¹

5. Noun. (legal) The process of taking sworn testimony out of court; the testimony so taken. ¹

6. Noun. (meteorology) The formation of snow or frost directly from water vapor. ¹

7. Noun. (physics) The transformation of a gas into a solid without an intermediate liquid phase (reverse of sublimation) ¹

8. Noun. (religion) The formal placement of relics in a church or shrine, and the feast day commemorating it. ¹

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Definition of Deposition

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Lexicographical Neighbors of Deposition

deposit account
deposit box
deposit contract
deposit interest retention tax
depositary receipt
deposition (current term)
depository financial institution
depository library

Literary usage of Deposition

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1. United States Supreme Court Reports by Lawyers Co-operative Publishing Company, United States Supreme Court (1885)
"deposition, objections to, when taken—when waived. 1. Objections to the reading of a deposition which relate to defects and Irregularities which might have ..."

2. South Eastern Reporter by West Virginia Supreme Court of Appeals, West Publishing Company, South Carolina Supreme Court (1911)
"The erroneous admission of a deposition containing immaterial testimony is harmless. [Ed. Note.—For other cases, see Appeal and Error, Cent. Dig. ..."

3. A Treatise on the Law of Evidence by Simon Greenleaf, Simon Greenleaf Croswell (1892)
"stated, so as to entitle the deposition to be read, if the necessary facts are therein sufficiently disclosed.3 (c) In cases where, under • Bell v. ..."

4. A Practical Treatise of the Law of Evidence by Thomas Starkie, George Morley Dowdeswell, John George Malcolm, George Sharswood (1876)
"The certificate of a justice of the peace, before whom a deposition is taken, ... The deposition of a witness taken in another cause between the same ..."

5. The Law Reports by James Redfoord Bulwer (1872)
"The deposition of a deceased witness was tendered at the trial ... The deposition in question was the second of four depositions made at the same hearing, ..."

6. United States Supreme Court Reports by Lawyers Co-operative Publishing Company, United States Supreme Court (1912)
"In the course of the trial, the defendants offered to read in evidence the deposition of one Conduce Gatch, taken under a commission. ..."

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