Definition of deposition noun from the Oxford Advanced Learner's Dictionary



    BrE BrE//ˌdepəˈzɪʃn//
    ; NAmE NAmE//ˌdepəˈzɪʃn//
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  1. 1[uncountable, countable] (specialist) the natural process of leaving a layer of a substance on rocks or soil; a substance left in this way marine/river deposition
  2. 2[uncountable, countable] the act of removing somebody, especially a ruler, from power the deposition of the King
  3. 3[countable] (law) a formal statement, taken from somebody and used in court
  4. Word Originlate Middle English: from Latin depositio(n-), from the verb deponere ‘to lay aside’.
See the Oxford Advanced American Dictionary entry: deposition