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presentment

[pri-zent-muh nt] /prɪˈzɛnt mənt/
noun
1.
an act of presenting, especially to the mind, as an idea, view, etc.
2.
the state of being presented.
3.
4.
the manner or mode in which something is presented.
5.
a representation, picture, or likeness.
6.
Commerce. the presenting of a bill, note, or the like, as for acceptance or payment.
7.
Law. the written statement of an offense by a grand jury, of their own knowledge or observation, when no indictment has been laid before them.
8.
a theatrical or dramatic presentation.
Origin
1275-1325
1275-1325; Middle English presentement < Middle French. See present2, -ment
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British Dictionary definitions for presentment

presentment

/prɪˈzɛntmənt/
noun
1.
the act of presenting or state of being presented; presentation
2.
something presented, such as a picture, play, etc
3.
(law, mainly 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) the presenting of a bill of exchange, promissory note, etc
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Word Origin and History for presentment
n.

"act of presenting," c.1300, from Old French presentement "presentation (of a person) at a ceremony" (12c.), from presenter (see present (v.)).

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