the state or fact of being present, as with others or in a place.
attendance or company: Your presence is requested.
immediate vicinity; proximity: in the presence of witnesses.
the military or economic power of a country as reflected abroad by the stationing of its troops, sale of its goods, etc.: the American military presence in Europe; the Japanese presence in the U.S. consumer market.
Chiefly British. the immediate personal vicinity of a great personage giving audience or reception: summoned to her presence.
the ability to project a sense of ease, poise, or self-assurance, especially the quality or manner of a person's bearing before an audience: The speaker had a good deal of stage presence.
personal appearance or bearing, especially of a dignified or imposing kind: a man of fine presence.
a person, especially of noteworthy appearance or compelling personality: He is a real presence, even at a private party.
a divine or supernatural spirit felt to be present: He felt a presence with him in the room.
British Obsolete, presence chamber.

1300–50; Middle English < Middle French < Latin praesentia. See present1, -ence

nonpresence, noun

3. neighborhood. 6. carriage, mien.

1. absence. Unabridged
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presence (ˈprɛzəns)
1.  the state or fact of being present
2.  the immediate proximity of a person or thing
3.  personal appearance or bearing, esp of a dignified nature
4.  an imposing or dignified personality
5.  an invisible spirit felt to be nearby
6.  electronics a recording control that boosts mid-range frequencies
7.  (of a recording) a quality that gives the impression that the listener is in the presence of the original source of the sound
8.  obsolete assembly or company
9.  obsolete short for presence chamber
[C14: via Old French from Latin praesentia a being before, from praeesse to be before, from prae before + esse to be]

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Word Origin & History

early 14c., "fact of being present," from O.Fr. presence (12c.), from L. præsentia "a being present," from præsentem (see present (n.)). Meaning "carriage, demeanor, aspect" (especially if impressive) is from 1570s; that of "divine, spiritual or incorporeal being felt as present" is from
1660s. Presence of mind (1660s) is a loan-transl. of Fr. présence d'esprit, L. præsentia animi.
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Example sentences
The very presence of an observer is apt to stack the odds against you.
It won't choke other crops, but it will definitely be a presence.
In a tribal world, the cosmos has a presence.
Its presence in a cave is often taken as evidence of former high temperature
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