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presentment

Noun

1 an accusation of crime made by a grand jury on its own initiative [syn: notification]
2 a document that must be accepted and paid by another person
3 a show or display; the act of presenting something to sight or view; "the presentation of new data"; "he gave the customer a demonstration" [syn: presentation, demonstration]

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Etymology

From presentement, from , from presenter + -ment

Noun

  1. Any of various formal presentations to authorities.
  2. In the past, a statement made by a grand jury to a court of law without a bill of indictment.
  3. A presentation of evidence of indebtedness for payment.
  4. Artistic representation.
  5. Presentation of a performance, as of a play or work of music.

Quotations

  • 1993, Peter Kolchin, American Slavery, Penguin History, paperback edition, page 62
    In 1771, a grand jury presentment in Georgia revealed that "Slaves are permitted to rent houses [...]".

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