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presentment

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noun
  1. an act of presenting, especially to the mind, as an idea, view, etc.
  2. the state of being presented.
  3. a presentation.
  4. the manner or mode in which something is presented.
  5. a representation, picture, or likeness.
  6. Commerce. the presenting of a bill, note, or the like, as for acceptance or payment.
  7. Law. the written statement of an offense by a grand jury, of their own knowledge or observation, when no indictment has been laid before them.
  8. a theatrical or dramatic presentation.
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Origin of presentment

1275–1325; Middle English presentement < Middle French. See present2, -ment
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Related Words for presentment

bill, statement, citation, prosecution, detention, summons, charge, allegation, arraignment, warrant, impeachment, litigation, claim, argument, accusation, trial, suit, action, indictment, dispute

Examples from the Web for presentment

Historical Examples of presentment

  • His presentment at the arched loophole in his stockade was formidable.

    They of the High Trails

    Hamlin Garland

  • Poor Lovejoy's letter reads as if he had a presentment of his coming doom.

    The Jefferson-Lemen Compact

    Willard C. MacNaul.

  • She gazed at it, fascinated, as one is by one's own presentment.

  • He was wondering if his presentment about Julia as the great thing in his life had been an illusion.

    Narcissus

    Evelyn Scott

  • All these things Verse disposes, and composes, in One Presentment.


British Dictionary definitions for presentment

presentment

noun
  1. the act of presenting or state of being presented; presentation
  2. something presented, such as a picture, play, etc
  3. law, mainly US a statement on oath by a grand jury of something within their own knowledge or observation, esp the commission of an offence when the indictment has been laid before them
  4. commerce the presenting of a bill of exchange, promissory note, etc
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Word Origin and History for presentment

n.

"act of presenting," c.1300, from Old French presentement "presentation (of a person) at a ceremony" (12c.), from presenter (see present (v.)).

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