The dictionary lists one of the meanings of presently as nowadays, however for some reason it doesn't quite sound right in this sentence translated from a Russian source that literally start with the Russian word for nowadays:

Presently, your appearance can affect your career growth and your interpersonal relationships.

Does it seem strange to anyone else? If so, what property of presently makes it not quite idiomatic here?

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    What dictionary?
    – TimR
    Jul 25, 2017 at 14:42

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The phrases at present and presently

The property taxes are being placed {presently | at present} in escrow.

do not mean nowadays. They mean, "for now", or "currently" of "for the time being".

When we want to mean "nowadays", we wouldn't say:

{Presently |at present } unidiomatic some people use their phone far more often to text than they use it to place voice calls.

We would say "These days" or "nowadays" instead of "presently" or "at present" there.

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