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 for presentation
From The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48 :

  Presentation \Pres`en*ta"tion\, n. [L. praesentatio a showing,
     representation: cf. F. pr['e]sentation.]
     1. The act of presenting, or the state of being presented; a
        setting forth; an offering; bestowal.
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              Prayers are sometimes a presentation of mere
              desires.                              --Hooker.
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     2. Hence, exhibition; representation; display; appearance;
        semblance; show.
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              Under the presentation of the shoots his wit.
                                                    --Shak.
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     3. That which is presented or given; a present; a gift, as,
        the picture was a presentation. [R.]
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     4. (Eccl.) The act of offering a clergyman to the bishop or
        ordinary for institution in a benefice; the right of
        presenting a clergyman.
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              If the bishop admits the patron's presentation, the
              clerk so admitted is next to be instituted by him.
                                                    --Blackstone.
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     5. (Med.) The particular position of the child during labor
        relatively to the passage though which it is to be brought
        forth; -- specifically designated by the part which first
        appears at the mouth of the uterus; as, a breech
        presentation.
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     Presentation copy, a copy of a book, engraving, etc.,
        presented to some one by the author or artist, as a token
        of regard.
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From WordNet (r) 3.0 (2006) :

  presentation
      n 1: the activity of formally presenting something (as a prize
           or reward); "she gave the trophy but he made the
           presentation"
      2: a show or display; the act of presenting something to sight
         or view; "the presentation of new data"; "he gave the
         customer a demonstration" [syn: presentation,
         presentment, demonstration]
      3: the act of making something publicly available; presenting
         news or other information by broadcasting or printing it; "he
         prepared his presentation carefully in advance"
      4: the act of presenting a proposal
      5: a visual representation of something [syn: display,
         presentation]
      6: formally making a person known to another or to the public
         [syn: presentation, introduction, intro]
      7: (obstetrics) position of the fetus in the uterus relative to
         the birth canal; "Cesarean sections are sometimes the result
         of abnormal presentations"

From Moby Thesaurus II by Grady Ward, 1.0 :

  207 Moby Thesaurus words for "presentation":
     Christmas present, accommodation, accordance, account,
     acquaintance, acquaintedness, advance, announcement,
     apostolic orders, apparition, appearance, appearing, appointment,
     approach, arising, asking price, avatar, award, awarding, benefit,
     bestowal, bestowment, bid, bill, birthday present, blue book, box,
     briefing, bulletin, cadeau, calling, canonization,
     close acquaintance, coming, coming into being, coming out,
     coming-forth, coming-out party, communication, communique,
     concession, conferment, conferral, conferring, consecration,
     contribution, cosmorama, cyclorama, data, datum, debut,
     deliverance, delivery, demonstration, diorama, directory,
     disclosure, dispatch, display, donation, election, emergence,
     enactment, endowment, enlightenment, entertainment, epiphany,
     evidence, exhibit, exhibition, exposition, exposure, facts,
     factual information, fairing, familiarization,
     farewell performance, feeler, flesh show, forthcoming, furnishment,
     gen, general information, georama, gift, gifting, giving, grant,
     granting, guidebook, handout, handsel, hard information,
     holy orders, image, impartation, impartment, incarnation,
     incidental information, induction, info, information, installation,
     institution, instruction, intelligence, introduction, investiture,
     invitation, issuance, knockdown, knowledge, launch, liberality,
     light, light show, major orders, manifestation, materialization,
     materializing, mention, message, minor orders, myriorama,
     nomination, notice, notification, oblation, occurrence, offer,
     offering, opening, ordainment, orders, ordination, ostentation,
     overture, pageant, pageantry, panorama, parade, peace offering,
     performance, phantasmagoria, pomp, preferment,
     preliminary approach, premiere, present, presenting, presentment,
     production, proffer, projection, promotional material, proof,
     provision, psychedelic show, publication, publicity, reading in,
     realization, release, report, representation, retrospective,
     revelation, rise, rising, shifting scene, show, showing,
     showing forth, sidelight, sight, spectacle, stage presentation,
     stage show, statement, submission, subscription, supplying,
     surrender, swan song, tableau, tableau vivant, tentative approach,
     the dope, the goods, the know, the scoop, theatrical performance,
     theophany, transmission, tribute, tryout, unfolding, unfoldment,
     unveiling, varnishing day, vernissage, visuals, vouchsafement,
     white book, white elephant, white paper, word
  
  

From Bouvier's Law Dictionary, Revised 6th Ed (1856) :

  PRESENTATION, eccl. law. The act of a patron offering his clerk to the 
  bishop of the diocese to be instituted in a church or benefice. 
  
  

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