In the law, a presentment is an official, written accusation of a crime. A presentment is made by a grand jury and formally presented to a court.

There are two legal definitions of the term presentment, although they both essentially mean "formal presentation." A grand jury's presentment is done before a trial begins, and it represents an official accusation. Another kind of presentment is a legal demand for repayment. In the 14th century, a presentment was simply an "act of presenting something."

Definitions of presentment
  1. noun
    an accusation of crime made by a grand jury on its own initiative
    synonyms: notification
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    due process, due process of law
    (law) the administration of justice according to established rules and principles; based on the principle that a person cannot be deprived of life or liberty or property without appropriate legal procedures and safeguards
  2. noun
    a show or display; the act of presenting something to sight or view
    synonyms: demonstration, presentation
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    the act of exhibiting
    presentation to view in an open or public manner
    the act of presenting a play or a piece of music or other entertainment
    lecture demonstration
    presentation of an example of what the lecturer is discoursing about
    a demonstration held in opposition to another demonstration
    dramatic performance, dramatic production
    the act of performing a drama
    an extra or repeated performance; usually given in response to audience demand
    extemporisation, extemporization, improvisation
    a performance given extempore without planning or preparation
    juggle, juggling
    throwing and catching several objects simultaneously
    conjuration, conjuring trick, deception, illusion, legerdemain, magic, magic trick, thaumaturgy, trick
    an illusory feat; considered magical by naive observers
    musical performance
    the act of performing music
    one-night stand
    a performance in one place on one night only
    interpretation, rendering, rendition
    the act of interpreting something as expressed in an artistic performance
    last hurrah, swan song
    a final performance or effort (especially before retirement)
    debunking, repudiation
    the exposure of falseness or pretensions
    (law) the act of exhibiting in a court of law
    an exhibition of cowboy skills
    program, programme
    a performance (or series of performances) at a public presentation
    the act of performing a role again
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    the act of publicly exhibiting or entertaining
  3. noun
    a document that must be accepted and paid by another person
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    billing, charge
    request for payment of a debt
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