1. The act of deposing, as from high office.
2. The act of depositing, especially the laying down of matter by a natural process.
3. Something deposited; a deposit.
4. Law Sworn testimony recorded for use in court at a later date.
5. Deposition The removal of Jesus from the cross.
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