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1Of or relating to presence; having or implying actual presence with a person or in a place; present.
2Grammar. Relating or having reference to the present tense.
Late 15th century; earliest use found in Craft of Dying. From post-classical Latin praesentialis present (9th cent.; frequently from 11th cent. in British sources; attested earlier as a variant reading for praesentalis present) from classical Latin praesentia + -ālis. Compare Middle French presential, Old Occitan presential.
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