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court of first instance

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(Law) a court in which legal proceedings are begun or first heard
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In the first instance, the success of the usurpation will depend on the executive and judiciary departments, which are to expound and give effect to the legislative acts; and in the last resort a remedy must be obtained from the people who can, by the election of more faithful representatives, annul the acts of the usurpers.
The plea that otherwise the plot would have been ruined, is ridiculous; such a plot should not in the first instance be constructed.
He had made money, in the first instance, by a weekly newspaper; and he had then invested his profits in a London theatre.
Kit stood as one entranced, with his eyes opened wide and fixed upon the ground, regardless alike of the tremulous hold which Mr Brass maintained on one side of his cravat, and of the firmer grasp of Miss Sally upon the other; although this latter detention was in itself no small inconvenience, as that fascinating woman, besides screwing her knuckles inconveniently into his throat from time to time, had fastened upon him in the first instance with so tight a grip that even in the disorder and distraction of his thoughts he could not divest himself of an uneasy sense of choking.
In the first instance they always succeed badly, and never compass anything; but when they can rely on themselves and use force, then they are rarely endangered.
Therefore soldiers must be treated in the first instance with humanity, but kept under control by means of iron discipline.
The first instance he gave was on the occasion of our bridal tour.
The apportionment, in the first instance, and the progressive extinguishment afterward, would be alike productive of ill-humor and animosity.
For him, indeed, human life is, in the first instance, only an additional, and as it were incidental grace, upon this expressive landscape.
Well, I should hope, in the first instance, to have for keeper an honest fellow like you.
Miss Halcombe left me, with the intention of speaking, in the first instance, to the farmer's wife (of whose friendly readiness to help her in any way she was well assured), while I waited for her in the near neighbourhood of the house.
I am also to take it as a matter of fact that the proposal to withdraw from the engagement came, in the first instance, from YOU?

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