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To submit for consideration or action. Immediate, not in the future.

Present ability refers to a person's immediate capacity to do an act. A present conveyance is made with the intention that it take effect at once.

In Commercial Paper law, to present a check means to submit it to the drawee for acceptance or payment.

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PRESENT. A gift, or wore properly the thing given. It is provided by the constitution of the United States, art. 1, s. 9, n, 7, that "no person holding any office of profit or trust under them, [the United States] shall, without the consent of congress, accept of any present, emolument, or office, or title of any kind whatever, from any king, prince, or foreign state."

A Law Dictionary, Adapted to the Constitution and Laws of the United States. By John Bouvier. Published 1856.
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Some of them will concern us later, but for the present it is the fundamental character of mnemic phenomena that is in question.
I am inclined to think that, in the present state of physiology, the introduction of the engram does not serve to simplify the account of mnemic phenomena.
On this view of the whole world, or at least of broad longitudinal belts, having been simultaneously colder from pole to pole, much light can be thrown on the present distribution of identical and allied species.
The tropical plants probably suffered much extinction; how much no one can say; perhaps formerly the tropics supported as many species as we see at the present day crowded together at the Cape of Good Hope, and in parts of temperate Australia.
Just in the same manner as we see at the present day, that very many European productions cover the ground in La Plata, and in a lesser degree in Australia, and have to a certain extent beaten the natives; whereas extremely few southern forms have become naturalised in any part of Europe, though hides, wool, and other objects likely to carry seeds have been largely imported into Europe during the last two or three centuries from La Plata, and during the last thirty or forty years from Australia.
I believe that the world has recently felt one of his great cycles of change; and that on this view, combined with modification through natural selection, a multitude of facts in the present distribution both of the same and of allied forms of life can be explained.
In a one-group pretest posttest design (such as the present study), the same group serves as its own control.
Geographically he emphasizes Europe as a whole and chronologically mainly the first century after the Courtier's publication in 1528, although he also carries the story briefly through the following centuries and into the present. Burke's book then is essentially a synthesis of the works of others, both present and past; but it is a remarkably wide-ranging one, which often makes one reflect and think and which never loses its thread.
Accordingly, T may exclude the present value of S's income interest (up to $100,000) from T's total 1996 calendar-year gifts.
The report examines questions about accounting measurements based on the present value of future cash flows.
This miraculous host and blood have been preserved to the present day.
The present study examined how classroom libraries affected 138 low-SES Latino kindergartners' early reading conceptualizations at an elementary school in Los Angeles.

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