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See also: praesent, präsent, and Präsent



præsent (comparative more præsent, superlative most præsent)

  1. Obsolete spelling of present
    • 1900, François Rabelais, Thomas Urquhart (translator), Peter Anthony Motteux (translator), and Charles Whibley, Gargantua and Pantagruel, volume 2, page 205 (D. Nutt):
      [] that it maketh all whatever is done, to be of no force nor value, is excellently well proved, by Spec. tit. de inst. edi. et tit. de rescript, præsent.


præsent (plural præsents)

  1. Obsolete spelling of present
    • 1657, Thomas Bradley, A Præsent for Cæsar, main title (a reproduction of original in the Bodleian Library):
      A Præsent for Cæsar


præsent (third-person singular simple present præsenteth, present participle præsenting, simple past and past participle præsented)

  1. (archaic or pedantic) Alternative spelling of present
    • 1597, J. Guillemeau (translator), Frenche chirurgerye or all the manualle operations of chirurgerye, page 36?:
      Followinge the naturall Childebirth, the childe allways præsenteth first his heade.
    • 1963, Charles Harold Herford (editor), Percy Simpson (editor), and Evelyn Mary Spearing Simpson (editor), Ben Jonson, volume 8?, page 433 (Clarendon Press) · (discussing text from 1572–1637):
      It preserves the Jonsonian spellings ‘præsent’ and ‘præsenteth’ in lines 143 and 197. The punctuation, usually good, has two peculiarities, an habitual use of the colon and an erratic way of writing the indefinite article ‘a’ with an apostrophe []
    • 2008, “radjaerna”, Forum: Should women have equal rights with men?, forum post № 775,752 on Friday the 28th of March at 11 o’clock p.m.
      I find it scary that I have given, though relying greatly on intuïtion probably more reasoning as to why ‘ethics’ is not something one can reason or formally debate about than many of the great ethics ‘philosophers’ (again, the word of Russell) have ever præsented in their opera.

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From Latin praesens (present, existing).


  • IPA(key): /prɛsɛnt/, [pʰʁ̥ɛˈsɛnˀd̥]



  1. present in the mind or memory


Inflection of præsent
Positive Comparative Superlative
Common singular præsent 2
Neuter singular præsent 2
Plural præsente 2
Definite attributive1 præsente
1) When an adjective is applied predicatively to something definite, the corresponding "indefinite" form is used.
2) The "indefinite" superlatives may not be used attributively.



præsent (feminine singular præsente, masculine plural præsents, feminine plural præsentes)

  1. Obsolete form of présent.
    • 1628, Sébastien Roulliard, Melun ou l'Histoire de la Ville de Melun, page 140:
      [] & depuis mis en chapſe, fut tranſporté en l’Egliſe de Paris, où il eſt de præſent.