presentment[prē zent′mənt, pri-]
the act of presenting; presentation; specif.,
- an exhibition; thing presented to view
- Commerce the producing of a note, bill of exchange, etc. for acceptance or payment at the proper time and place
- Law the notice taken or report made by a grand jury of an offense on the basis of the jury's own knowledge and observations and without a bill of indictment
- Philos. presentation (sense )
Origin of presentmentMiddle English ; from Old French presentement ; from presenter: see present,
- The act of presenting to view or to the mind: a bill of exchange that is payable on presentment.
- Law a. An indictment.b. The report of a grand jury concerning an alleged offense, used as a basis for an indictment.
- (law) A statement made on oath by a jury. [from 15th c.]
- (ecclesiastical law) A formal complaint submitted to a bishop or archdeacon. [from 16th c.]
- The act of presenting something for acceptance; now specifically, presenting something (e.g. a bill or cheque) for payment. [from 16th c.]
- (now rare) An artistic representation; a picture. [from 16th c.]
- Presentation of a performance, as of a play or work of music. [from 17th c.]
- (now rare) The aspect or form in which something presents itself; appearance. [from 17th c.]
presentment - Legal Definition
- A formal written document of accusation returned by a grand jury on its own, without the prosecutor’s having submitted a prior request for indictment. It is signed by all members of the grand jury, as distinct from an indictment, which is signed only by the foreman. Presentments are obsolete in federal courts.
- The production of a formal negotiable document, such as a promissory note, for payment.
- The delivery to a court of a formal document about a legal matter to be dealt with.