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1. The act of presenting to view or to the mind: a bill of exchange that is payable on presentment.
2. Law
a. An indictment.
b. The report of a grand jury concerning an alleged offense, used as a basis for an indictment.


1. the act of presenting or state of being presented; presentation
2. (Broadcasting) something presented, such as a picture, play, etc
3. (Law) law chiefly 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) commerce the presenting of a bill of exchange, promissory note, etc


(prɪˈzɛnt mənt)

1. an act of presenting, esp. 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. the presenting of a bill, note, or the like, as for acceptance or payment.
7. the written statement of an offense by a grand jury when no indictment has been laid before them.
8. a theatrical or dramatic presentation.
[1275–1325; Middle English presentement]
ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Noun1.presentment - an accusation of crime made by a grand jury on its own initiativepresentment - an accusation of crime made by a grand jury on its own initiative
due process, due process of law - (law) the administration of justice according to established rules and principles; based on the principle that a person cannot be deprived of life or liberty or property without appropriate legal procedures and safeguards
law, jurisprudence - the collection of rules imposed by authority; "civilization presupposes respect for the law"; "the great problem for jurisprudence to allow freedom while enforcing order"
2.presentment - a document that must be accepted and paid by another person
billing, charge - request for payment of a debt; "they submitted their charges at the end of each month"
3.presentment - a show or displaypresentment - a show or display; the act of presenting something to sight or view; "the presentation of new data"; "he gave the customer a demonstration"
show - the act of publicly exhibiting or entertaining; "a remarkable show of skill"
exhibition - the act of exhibiting; "a remarkable exhibition of musicianship"
exposure - presentation to view in an open or public manner; "the exposure of his anger was shocking"
performance - the act of presenting a play or a piece of music or other entertainment; "we congratulated him on his performance at the rehearsal"; "an inspired performance of Mozart's C minor concerto"
lecture demonstration - presentation of an example of what the lecturer is discoursing about
counterdemonstration - a demonstration held in opposition to another demonstration; "supporters of the president organized a counterdemonstration in his support"
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There is something so massive, stable, and almost irresistibly imposing in the exterior presentment of established rank and great possessions, that their very existence seems to give them a right to exist; at least, so excellent a counterfeit of right, that few poor and humble men have moral force enough to question it, even in their secret minds.
But it was especially the aspect of the three chief officers of the ship, the mates, which was most forcibly calculated to allay these colorless misgivings, and induce confidence and cheerfulness in every presentment of the voyage.
It carried her through weary months of nursing --nursing of other soldiers for Tom's dear sake; it sent her home a better woman; and though she had never left Riverboro in all the years that lay between, and had grown into the counterfeit presentment of her sister and of all other thin, spare, New England spinsters, it was something of a counterfeit, and underneath was still the faint echo of that wild heart- beat of her girlhood.
It was worse when it began to be clothed upon with detestable attributes; and out of the shifting, insubstantial mists that had so long baffled his eye, there leaped up the sudden, definite presentment of a fiend.
The limit of length in relation to dramatic competition and sensuous presentment, is no part of artistic theory.