- The state of being present, or of being within sight or call, or at hand; -- opposed to absence.
- 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.]
- 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.]
- 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.]
- 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.]
- Port, mien; air; personal appearence."A graceful presence bespeaks acceptance." [ Collier.]
Etymology: F. présence, L. praesentia. See Present