from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

  • n. The act of presenting to view or to the mind.
  • n. Something expressed, presented, or exhibited.
  • n. The light in which something is presented.
  • n. Law The act of submitting or presenting a formal statement of a legal matter to a court or an authorized person.
  • n. Law The report written by a grand jury concerning an offense and based on the jury's own knowledge and observation.
  • n. The act of presenting a bill or note for payment.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • n. The act of presenting, or the state of being presented; presentation.
  • n. Setting forth to view; delineation; appearance; representation; exhibition.
  • n.
  • n. The notice taken by a grand jury of any offence from their own knowledge or observation, without any bill of indictment laid before them, ; also, an inquisition of office and indictment by a grand jury; an official accusation presented to a tribunal by the grand jury in an indictment, or the act of offering an indictment; also, the indictment itself.
  • n. The official notice (formerly required to be given in court) of the surrender of a copyhold estate.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • n. The act of presenting, or the state of being presented; presentation.
  • n. Anything presented or exhibited; appearance; likeness; representation.
  • n. In law: A statement by a grand jury of an offense from their own knowledge or observation, without any bill of indictment laid before them: as, the presentment of a nuisance, a libel, or the like, on which the prosecuting officer must afterward frame an indictment, before the party presented can be put to answer it. In a more general sense, presentment comprehends inquisitions of office and indictments.
  • n. The formal information to the lord, by the tenants of a manor, of anything done out of court.
  • n. The presenting of a bill of exchange to the drawee for acceptance, or of a bill to the acceptor, or of a note to the maker, for payment.
  • n. Eccles., a formal complaint made by the authorities of a parish to the bishop or archdeacon at his visitation.

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • n. a document that must be accepted and paid by another person
  • n. a show or display; the act of presenting something to sight or view
  • n. an accusation of crime made by a grand jury on its own initiative


from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

From Anglo-Norman presentment, presentement, Middle French presentement, corresponding to present +‎ -ment.


  • The point of bicameralism and presentment is that all three actors (House, Senate and President) must agree to the legislation, warts and all, so that all three can be held politically accountable for it.

    The Volokh Conspiracy » Balkin on the “Slaughter Solution”

  • This whole “rule with changes” = “bill”, for the constitutional requirement of bicameralism and presentment is unprecedented and dangerous.

    The Volokh Conspiracy » Is the Slaughter Solution constitutional?

  • H. R.6061, The Secure Fence Act of 2006, was delayed in presentment, but cleared Congress and was presented.

    The Volokh Conspiracy » Is the Slaughter Solution constitutional?

  • The illustrations are super-excellent in some cases; compared with United States publications, where wealth and population should give much greater effects, the Canadian presentment is a triumph.

    Canadian Journalism

  • It happens, however, to be the only one in which the habits and customs of this particular species have been minutely portrayed, and it only needs to be opened in order to see how absolutely remote the presentment is from anything that could by any possibility have existed in reality.

    Maria Edgeworth

  • Here then it is time to recall the presentment of ancient, recent and contemporary evolution already outlined in the part of this paper previously read (Vol. I, p. 109), dealing with the historic survey of cities.

    Civics: as Applied Sociology

  • [40] The presentment, which is the other parent of our criminal procedure, had an origin distinct from the appeal.

    The Common Law

  • A presentment was a presentation, on their own motion, of an accusation against one or more persons.

    The American Judiciary

  • The white beard, with "each particular hair" defined, falling almost to the pale, lean hands, is an essential part of the presentment, which is full of such scrupulous detail as the eye would unconsciously take note of in confronting the man himself and afterward supply in the remembrance of the whole.

    Roman Holidays, and Others

  • A presentment is a notice taken by a grand jury of any offence or crime of which they may have knowledge.

    Civil Government of Virginia


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