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[prez-uh n-tey-shuh n, pree-zen-] /ˌprɛz ənˈteɪ ʃən, ˌpri zɛn-/
an act of presenting.
the state of being presented.
a social introduction, as of a person at court.
an exhibition or performance, as of a play or film.
offering, delivering, or bestowal, as of a gift.
a gift.
a demonstration, lecture, or welcoming speech.
a manner or style of speaking, instructing, or putting oneself forward:
His presentation was very poor.
Commerce. the presentment of a bill, note, or the like.
  1. the position of the fetus in the uterus during labor.
  2. the appearance of a particular part of the fetus at the cervix during labor:
    a breech presentation.
Ecclesiastical. the act or the right of presenting a member of the clergy to the bishop for institution to a benefice.
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 forms
nonpresentation, noun
self-presentation, noun Unabridged
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  • In the museums, the intellectual presence is mediated through the objects and their presentation.
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  • Little bundles of fresh fish make a stunning presentation in this dish.
British Dictionary definitions for presentation


the act of presenting or state of being presented
the manner of presenting, esp the organization of visual details to create an overall impression: the presentation of the project is excellent but the content poor
the method of presenting: his presentation of the facts was muddled
a verbal report presented with illustrative material, such as slides, graphs, etc: a 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 (sense 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 Forms
presentational, adjective
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Word Origin and History for 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.

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presentation in Medicine

presentation pres·en·ta·tion (prěz'ən-tā'shən, prē'zən-)

  1. The act of presenting.

  2. 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.

  3. The part of the fetal body in advance during birth.

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Encyclopedia Article for presentation

in childbirth, the position of the fetus at the time of delivery. The presenting part is the part of the fetus that can be touched by the obstetrician when he probes with his finger through the opening in the cervix, the outermost portion of the uterus, which projects into the vagina. In nearly all deliveries the presenting part is the vertex, the top of the head; in 3 or 4 percent of deliveries, it is the breech (buttocks). Face presentation and transverse (cross) presentation are rare

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