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[prez-uh nt-dey] /ˈprɛz əntˈdeɪ/
current; modern:
present-day techniques; present-day English.
Origin of present-day
1885-90 Unabridged
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  • So there's not much overlap between people attracted to the present-day political right, and those attracted to academic life.
  • present-day purists put the peak flavor at no more than one month.
  • Sea levels rose rapidly, and the continents achieved their present-day outline.
  • But the system which these officers are called upon to administer is in many respects ill adapted to present-day conditions.
  • So any present-day effort has to be one that convinces people its worth it, that it'll be effective.
  • But even so, historical writing must needs remain an account of past events as interpreted by our own present-day biases.
  • Ethics and religion are still too complex for present-day science to explain in depth.
  • It periodically stalls out and drops through the clouds of our thrilling but turbulent present-day network.
  • But these excesses of enthusiasm are understandable, given the present-day backdrop.
  • Tells about the brazen activities of present-day pirates.
British Dictionary definitions for present-day


(modifier) of the modern day; current: I don't like present-day fashions
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Word Origin and History for present-day

1870, from present (adj.) + day.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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