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Webster's Unabridged Dictionary
noun Pres"ence
  1. The state of being present, or of being within sight or call, or at hand; -- opposed to absence.
  2. The place in which one is present; the part of space within one's ken, call, influence, etc.; neighborhood without the intervention of anything that forbids intercourse."Wrath shell be no more Thenceforth, but in thy presence joy entire." [Milton.]
  3. Specifically, neighborhood to the person of one of superior of exalted rank; also, presence chamber."In such a presence here to plead my thoughts." [Shak.]"An't please your grace, the two great cardinals. Wait in the presence." [Shak.]
  4. The whole of the personal qualities of an individual; person; personality; especially, the person of a superior, as a sovereign."The Sovran Presence thus replied." [Milton.]
  5. An assembly, especially of person of rank or nobility; noble company."Odmar, of all this presence does contain, Give her your wreath whom you esteem most fair." [Dryden.]
  6. Port, mien; air; personal appearence."A graceful presence bespeaks acceptance." [ Collier.]

Etymology: F. présence, L. praesentia. See Present

Other Dictionary Sources
  1. The act of being present
  2. Dignified manner or conduct
  3. The impression that something is present ("he felt the presence of an evil force")
  4. The immediate proximity of someone or something ("she blushed in his presence" and "he sensed the presence of danger")
  5. An invisible spiritual being felt to be nearby
  6. The state of being present; current existence ("he tested for the presence of radon")

Through Old French presence, from Latin praesentia (“a being present”), from praesentem.

  1. The fact or condition of being present, or of being within sight or call, or at hand.
    Any painter can benefit from the of a live model from which to draw.
  2. The part of space within one's immediate vicinity.
    Bob never said anything about it in my .
  3. A quality of poise and effectiveness that enables a performer to achieve a close relationship with his audience.
    Despite being less than five foot, she filled up the theatre with her stage .
  4. Something (as a spirit) felt or believed to be present.
    I'm convinced that there was a in that building that I can't explain, which led to my heroic actions.
  5. A company's business activity in a particular market.
  6. The state of being closely focused on the here and now, not distracted by irrelevant thoughts

Notable Persons Named Presence

Presence is a comics character.


Notable Persons With the Last Name Presence

Presence is a comics character.


Fun Facts about the name Presence

  • When was the first name Presence first recorded in the United States? The oldest recorded birth by the Social Security Administration for the name Presence is Monday, November 30th, -0001.
  • How unique is the name Presence? From 1880 to 2017 less than 5 people per year have been born with the first name Presence. Hoorah! You are a unique individual.
  • Weird things about the name Presence: Your name in reverse order is Ecneserp. A random rearrangement of the letters in your name (anagram) will give Sncrpeee. How do you pronounce that?

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Past life for Presence born Apr 10, 1922

I do not know how you feel about it, but you were a female in your last earthly incarnation. You were born somewhere around the territory of Northern Africa approximately on 1400. Your profession was handicraftsman and mechanic.

You were a seeker of truth and wisdom. You could have seen your future lives. Others perceived you as an idealist illuminating path to the future. Your lesson - to develop kind attitude to people, to acquire gift of understanding and compassion.

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  • U.S. Census Bureau: Frequently Occurring Surnames from the Census 2000 (public domain).
  • 1913 Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary via the Collaborative International Dictionary of English (License)
  • Other Dictionary Sources: WordNet 3.1 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University (License).
  • Wiktionary: Titles and License.
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