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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.

West's Encyclopedia of American Law, edition 2. Copyright 2008 The Gale Group, Inc. All rights reserved.

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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(32) Once again, presentness to the mind as a feeling of phenomenal particularity qualifies the mode of an experience by telling it from a corresponding thought: thoughts are at most accompanied by a belief in their being about a particular individual, not by a feeling of particularity.
The existence of the nomination suggested the presence of 'engagement' as the past participant in the challenge needed to display accessibility, presentness and a willingness to interact by encouraging involvement from someone else.
Sometimes we lose track of this, since routine is so good at turning the absence of all that is forward looking into an experience of presentness. This holds true as much with the banality of mass extermination, as with the subtle displays of affection we lose track of when we waste our time trying to buy our beloveds something to eat, like eggs.
Once Louise gets the story "straight," she is given the mental equilibrium to step out of the linearity of "presentness" and see a queerness that registers on the horizon of existence by the river at Marion Bridge.
This poem shifts presentness, the "doing," outside of
Here he neatly describes prosaics, including the concept of open time including narrativeness and the prosaics of process, or the vision of poetics and product, the counter-tradition of presentness and process, and the outlining of a prosaics of process.
The choice of present-day locations edited against personal testimony stimulates the viewer's imagination and invites a new way of perceiving the presentness of what still reverberates.
For all Google cares, the world could be absent of moral dimension.' (8) In sum, the simulacrum of presentness, so integral to the seductiveness of 'Street View's' for-profit web surveillance commons, contributes to the breakdown of sociality: it is acutely alienating and pacifying.
Manipulations of time and space along with the problems of textuality (in the form of the score) and physical presentness define this live art, as does the imbrication of a witnessing audience.
Perhaps because of the presentness of the past pain, it being not a thing of the past but a current wound of the soul.
For Sinnerbrink, both philosophers turn to cinema because of their acute feeling of our modern alienation from the world expressed in nihilism and skepticism; for them, it is cinema "motivated by our desire to reestablish metaphysical connection with the world" (104) via belief or presentness that can offer a recipe for spiritual crisis.
With a final rhetorical flourish--"It is a pure presentness, and it is grace" (194)--Katz makes a veiled but obvious reference to the last line in Michael Fried's "Art and Objecthood" of 1967, (2) the same year Martin left New York.