[prez-uh n-tey-shuh n, pree-zen-]


Origin of presentation

1350–1400; Middle English < Late Latin praesentātiōn- (stem of praesentātiō) nomination (of a priest) to a benefice, religious dedication (of a person) by bringing him before God. See present2, -ation
Related formsnon·pres·en·ta·tion, nounself-pres·en·ta·tion, noun Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

Examples from the Web for self-presentation

Contemporary Examples of self-presentation

  • But that self-presentation would carry more conviction if they announced from the start their intention to cooperate with police.

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    How to Lose Hearts and Minds

    David Frum

    May 18, 2012

Historical Examples of self-presentation

  • These things serve to clear away the awkwardness of a self-presentation.

    A Day's Ride

    Charles James Lever

  • This naove veracity of self-presentation is attainable by the slenderest talent on the most trivial occasions.

  • He never allows his opinion to come out to the damaging of the individual's own self-presentation.

    A Dish Of Orts

    George MacDonald

British Dictionary definitions for self-presentation



the act of presenting or state of being presented
the manner of presenting, esp the organization of visual details to create an overall impressionthe presentation of the project is excellent but the content poor
the method of presentinghis presentation of the facts was muddled
a verbal report presented with illustrative material, such as slides, graphs, etca presentation on the company results
  1. an offering or bestowal, as of a gift
  2. (as modifier)a presentation copy of a book
a performance or representation, as of a play
the formal introduction of a person, as into society or at court; debut
the act or right of nominating a clergyman to a benefice
med the position of a baby relative to the birth canal at the time of birth
commerce another word for presentment (def. 4)
television linking material between programmes, such as announcements, trailers, or weather reports
an archaic word for gift
philosophy a sense datum
(often capital) another name for (feast of) Candlemas
Derived Formspresentational, adjective
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Word Origin and History for self-presentation



late 14c., "act of presenting," from Old French presentacion (13c.), from Latin praesentationem (nominative praesentatio) "a placing before," noun of action from past participle stem of praesentare (see present (v.)). Meaning "that which is offered or presented" is mid-15c.; that of "a theatrical or other representation" is recorded from c.1600. Related: Presentational.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper

self-presentation in Medicine


[prĕz′ən-tāshən, prē′zən-]


The act of presenting.
The position of the fetus in the uterus at the beginning of labor, described in terms of the part that emerges or is felt first.
The part of the fetal body in advance during birth.
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