One of the mysteries of the English language finally explained.
1Presentness in time.
2The fact or quality of being present or manifest; presence. Now rare.
Mid 16th century; earliest use found in John Bale (1495–1563), bishop of Ossory, evangelical polemicist, and historian. From post-classical Latin praesentialitas presentness in time, presence from praesentialis + classical Latin -tās.
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