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PRESENT, v Definition & Legal Meaning

Definition & Citations:

In English ecclesiastical law. To offer a clerk to the bishop of the diocese, to be instituted. 1 Bl. Comm. 3S9. In criminal law. To find or represent judicially; used of the official act of a grand jury when they take notice of a crime or offense from their own knowledge or observation, without any bill of indictment laid before them. In the law of negotiable instruments. Primarily, to present is to tender or offer. Thus, to present a bill of exchange for ac- ceptance or payment is to exhibit it to the drawee or acceptor, (or his authorized ageut,) with an express or implied demand for acceptance or payment Byles, Bills, 183, 201.


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