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presence

See also: présence

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EtymologyEdit

Through Old French presence, from Latin praesentia (a being present), from praesentem.

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  • IPA(key): /ˈprɛzəns/
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  • Hyphenation: pres‧ence

NounEdit

presence (plural presences)

  1. The fact or condition of being present, or of being within sight or call, or at hand.
    Any painter can benefit from the presence of a live model from which to draw.
  2. The part of space within one's immediate vicinity.
    Bob never said anything about it in my presence.
  3. A quality of poise and effectiveness that enables a performer to achieve a close relationship with his audience.
    Despite being less than five foot, she filled up the theatre with her stage presence.
  4. Something (as a spirit) felt or believed to be present.
    I'm convinced that there was a presence in that building that I can't explain, which led to my heroic actions.
  5. A company's business activity in a particular market.
  6. The state of being closely focused on the here and now, not distracted by irrelevant thoughts

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presence (third-person singular simple present presences, present participle presencing, simple past and past participle presenced)

  1. (philosophy) To make or become present.
    • 1972, Joan Stambaugh, Time and being (lecture), translation of original by Martin Heidegger, page 13:
      Presence means: the constant abiding that approaches man, reaches him, is extended to him. But what is this source of this extending reach to which the present belongs as presencing, insofar as there is presence? True, man always remains approached by the presencing of something actually present without explicitly heeding presencing itself.
    • 1985, David Edward Shaner, The Bodymind Experience in Japanese Buddhism: A Phenomenological Study of Kūkai and Dōgen, page 59,
      Within a completely neutral horizon, the primordial continuous stream of experience is presenced without interruption. As this time, the past and future have no meaning apart from the now in which they are presenced.
    • 1998, H. Peter Steeves, Founding Community: A Phenomenological-Ethical Inquiry, page 59,
      Just as the bread and butter can be presenced as more than just the bread and the butter, so baking a loaf of bread can be more than just the baking, the baker, and the bread.
    • 2005, James Phillips, Heidegger's Volk: Between National Socialism and Poetry, Stanford University Press, ISBN 0804750718 (paperback), page 118,
      From the overtaxing of the regime's paranoiac classifications and monitoring of the social field, Heidegger was to await in vain the presencing of that which is present, the revelation of the Being of beings in its precedence to governmental control.
    • 2011, Brendan McCormack, Tanya McCance, Person-centred Nursing: Theory and Practice:
      Benner (1984) captures the essence of this when she describes presencing as the art of 'being with' a person without the need to be 'doing to' the person.

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