Definitions for: Presentment


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



Webster (1913) Definition: Pre*sent"ment, n.
1. The act of presenting, or the state of being presented;
presentation. `` Upon the heels of my presentment.''
--Shak.

2. Setting forth to view; delineation; appearance;
representation; exhibition.

Power to cheat the eye with blear illusion, And give
it false presentment. --Milton.

3. (Law)
(a) The notice taken by a grand jury of any offence from
their own knowledge or observation, without any bill
of indictment laid before them, as, the presentment of
a nuisance, a libel, or the like; also, an inquisition
of office and indictment by a grand jury; an official
accusation presented to a tribunal by the grand jury
in an indictment, or the act of offering an
indictment; also, the indictment itself.
(b) The official notice (formerly required to be given in
court) of the surrender of a copyhold estate.
--Blackstone.

Presentment of a bill of exchange, the offering of a bill
to the drawee for acceptance, or to the acceptor for
payment. See Bill of exchange, under Bill.

Synonyms: demonstration, notification, presentation

See Also: billing, charge, due process, due process of law, exhibition, exposure, lecture demonstration, performance, show

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