noun Date: 14th century 1. the act of presenting to an authority a formal statement of a matter to be dealt with; specifically the notice taken or statement made by a grand jury of an offense from their own knowledge without a bill of indictment laid before them 2. the act of offering at the proper time and place a document (as a bill of exchange) that calls for acceptance or payment by another 3. a. the act of presenting to view or consciousness b. something set forth, presented, or exhibited c. the aspect in which something is presented

New Collegiate Dictionary. 2001.


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