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in·stance

 (ĭn′stəns)
n.
1.
a. An example that is cited to prove or invalidate a contention or illustrate a point. See Synonyms at example.
b. A case or an occurrence: In all such instances, let conscience be your guide.
2. A step in a process or series of events: You should apply in the first instance to the personnel manager.
3.
a. A suggestion or request: called at the instance of his attorney.
b. Archaic Urgent solicitation or entreaty.
tr.v. in·stanced, in·stanc·ing, in·stanc·es
1. To offer as an example; cite: "I assured her that I was interested in garbage, and instanced the fact that I had once been a garbage inspector myself" (Jane Addams).
2. To demonstrate or show by an example; exemplify: "how absurd it often is to cite a single line from ... a poem for the purpose of instancing the perfection or imperfection of the line's rhythm" (Edgar Allan Poe).
Idiom:
for instance
As an example; for example.

[Middle English instaunce, from Old French instance, request, instant, and from Medieval Latin īnstantia, example, both from Latin, presence, from īnstāns, īnstant-, present; see instant.]

instance

(ˈɪnstəns)
n
1. a case or particular example
2. for instance for or as an example
3. a specified stage in proceedings; step (in the phrases in the first, second, etc, instance)
4. urgent request or demand (esp in the phrase at the instance of)
5. (Logic) logic
a. an expression derived from another by instantiation
b. See substitution4b
6. archaic motive or reason
vb (tr)
to cite as an example
[C14 (in the sense: case, example): from Medieval Latin instantia example, (in the sense: urgency) from Latin: a being close upon, presence, from instāns pressing upon, urgent; see instant]

in•stance

(ˈɪn stəns)

n., v. -stanced, -stanc•ing. n.
1. a case or occurrence of something: fresh instances of oppression.
2. an example put forth in proof or illustration: to cite a few instances.
3. the institution and prosecution of a legal case.
4. Archaic. urgency in speech or action.
5. Obs. an impelling motive.
v.t.
6. to cite as an instance or example.
7. to exemplify by an instance.
v.i.
8. to cite an instance.
Idioms:
1. at the instance of, at the urging or suggestion of.
2. for instance, as an example; for example.
[1300–50; Middle English < Latin instantia presence, urgency (Medieval Latin: case, example)]

instance


Past participle: instanced
Gerund: instancing

Imperative
instance
instance
Present
I instance
you instance
he/she/it instances
we instance
you instance
they instance
Preterite
I instanced
you instanced
he/she/it instanced
we instanced
you instanced
they instanced
Present Continuous
I am instancing
you are instancing
he/she/it is instancing
we are instancing
you are instancing
they are instancing
Present Perfect
I have instanced
you have instanced
he/she/it has instanced
we have instanced
you have instanced
they have instanced
Past Continuous
I was instancing
you were instancing
he/she/it was instancing
we were instancing
you were instancing
they were instancing
Past Perfect
I had instanced
you had instanced
he/she/it had instanced
we had instanced
you had instanced
they had instanced
Future
I will instance
you will instance
he/she/it will instance
we will instance
you will instance
they will instance
Future Perfect
I will have instanced
you will have instanced
he/she/it will have instanced
we will have instanced
you will have instanced
they will have instanced
Future Continuous
I will be instancing
you will be instancing
he/she/it will be instancing
we will be instancing
you will be instancing
they will be instancing
Present Perfect Continuous
I have been instancing
you have been instancing
he/she/it has been instancing
we have been instancing
you have been instancing
they have been instancing
Future Perfect Continuous
I will have been instancing
you will have been instancing
he/she/it will have been instancing
we will have been instancing
you will have been instancing
they will have been instancing
Past Perfect Continuous
I had been instancing
you had been instancing
he/she/it had been instancing
we had been instancing
you had been instancing
they had been instancing
Conditional
I would instance
you would instance
he/she/it would instance
we would instance
you would instance
they would instance
Past Conditional
I would have instanced
you would have instanced
he/she/it would have instanced
we would have instanced
you would have instanced
they would have instanced
ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Noun1.instance - an occurrence of something; "it was a case of bad judgment"; "another instance occurred yesterday"; "but there is always the famous example of the Smiths"
happening, natural event, occurrence, occurrent - an event that happens
humiliation, mortification - an instance in which you are caused to lose your prestige or self-respect; "he had to undergo one humiliation after another"
bit, piece - an instance of some kind; "it was a nice piece of work"; "he had a bit of good luck"
time, clip - an instance or single occasion for some event; "this time he succeeded"; "he called four times"; "he could do ten at a clip"
2.instance - an item of information that is typical of a class or groupinstance - an item of information that is typical of a class or group; "this patient provides a typical example of the syndrome"; "there is an example on page 10"
information - knowledge acquired through study or experience or instruction
apology, excuse - a poor example; "it was an apology for a meal"; "a poor excuse for an automobile"
exception - an instance that does not conform to a rule or generalization; "all her children were brilliant; the only exception was her last child"; "an exception tests the rule"
case in point, precedent - an example that is used to justify similar occurrences at a later time
quintessence - the most typical example or representative of a type
sample - a small part of something intended as representative of the whole
specimen - an example regarded as typical of its class
Verb1.instance - clarify by giving an example of
elaborate, expatiate, expound, lucubrate, dilate, flesh out, exposit, enlarge, expand - add details, as to an account or idea; clarify the meaning of and discourse in a learned way, usually in writing; "She elaborated on the main ideas in her dissertation"

instance

noun
2. insistence, demand, urging, pressure, stress, application, request, prompting, impulse, behest, incitement, instigation, solicitation, entreaty, importunity The meeting was organised at the instance of two senior ministers.
verb
1. name, mention, identify, point out, advance, quote, finger (informal, chiefly U.S.), refer to, point to, cite, specify, invoke, allude to, adduce, namecheck, namedrop She could have instanced many women who fitted this description.
for instance for example, e.g., to illustrate, as an illustration, by way of illustration, exempli gratia (Latin), to cite an instance Let your child make his own decisions sometimes. For instance, let him choose which clothes to wear.
in the first instance initially, at first, to begin with, first, firstly, originally, primarily, at the start, at the outset, in the early stages, at or in the beginning The post was for one year in the first instance.

instance

noun
1. One that is representative of a group or class:
2. A legal proceeding to demand justice or enforce a right:
3. Archaic. Urgent solicitation:
verb
1. To refer to by name:
2. To demonstrate and clarify with examples:
Translations
حَالَةٌمَثَل، شاهِد
příkladpřípad
eksempeltilfælde
juhtumnäide
esimerkkiinstanssitapaus
slučaj
dæmi; atvik, tilfelli
事例
atvejis
gadījumspiemērs
na primerprimer
exempel
ตัวอย่าง
ví dụ

instance

[ˈɪnstəns]
A. N
1. (= example) → ejemplo m
for instancepor ejemplo
2. (= case) → caso m
in that instanceen ese caso
in many instancesen muchos casos
in the present instanceen el caso presente
in the first instanceen primer lugar
3. (Jur) at the instance ofa instancia or petición de
B. VT (= exemplify) → citar como ejemplo
this is perhaps best instanced byquizás esto queda mejor ilustrado por ...

instance

[ˈɪnstəns] n
(= case, occurrence) → cas m
in many instances → dans bien des cas
in that instance → dans ce cas
in this instance → dans le cas qui nous occupe
in the first instance → dans un premier temps
The post was for one year in the first instance → Le poste était pour un an dans un premier temps.
for instance → par exemple
at sb's instance (formal) (= at someone's request) → sur l'instance de qn

instance

n
(= example)Beispiel nt; (= case)Fall m; for instancezum Beispiel; as an instance ofals (ein) Beispiel für; in many instancesin vielen Fällen; there have been many instances of people refusing to goes hat viele Fälle gegeben, in denen Leute es abgelehnt haben zu gehen; in the first instancezuerst or zunächst (einmal); the appointment will be for two years in the first instancedie Anstellung ist zunächst auf zwei Jahre befristet; this is a good instance of the way …das ist ein gutes Beispiel dafür, wie …
at the instance of (form)auf Ersuchen or Betreiben (+gen) (form), → auf Veranlassung von
(Jur) court of first instanceerste Instanz
vt
(= exemplify)Beispiele anführen für
(= cite) cost, exampleanführen

instance

[ˈɪnstəns] n (example) → esempio, caso
for instance → per or ad esempio
in that instance → in quel caso
in the first instance → in primo luogo

instance

(ˈinstəns) noun
an example, especially of a condition or circumstance. As a social worker, he saw many instances of extreme poverty.
for instance
for example. Some birds, penguins for instance, cannot fly at all.

instance

حَالَةٌ případ tilfælde Fall περίπτωση ejemplo esimerkki exemple slučaj esempio 事例 geval eksempel przykład exemplo случай exempel ตัวอย่าง örnek ví dụ 实例
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In the present instance there was no escape, and having clashed her scissors rebelliously, while protesting that she smelled thunder, she gave in, put away her work, and taking up her hat and gloves with an air of resignation, told Amy the victim was ready.
Can you remember any of the details of your map--say, for instance, where we ought to begin excavating to get at the wonders of the underground city?
I was thinking, as I watched her, how little it mattered-- about her teeth, for instance.
Well, for instance, when I left her to-day, she put her arms around me and felt my shoulder blades, to see if my wings were strong, she said.
This certainly is a rare and brilliant instance of those natural qualities in which these peculiar people are said to excel," he answered.
Now, for instance," she continued, with a dazzling smile, "I suppose, according to the rules, I ought to give you a note to Mr.
For instance, there was a glass pickle-jar, filled with fragments of Gibraltar rock; not, indeed, splinters of the veritable stone foundation of the famous fortress, but bits of delectable candy, neatly done up in white paper.
Here, in a word -- and it is a rare instance in my life -- I had met with a person thoroughly adapted to the situation which he held.
I recollect counting over perfectly the possibilities, reminding myself that nothing was more natural, for instance, then the appearance of one of the men about the place, or even of a messenger, a postman, or a tradesman's boy, from the village.
In disposing of the body of a right whale, when brought alongside the ship, the same preliminary proceedings commonly take place as in the case of a sperm whale; only, in the latter instance, the head is cut off whole, but in the former the lips and tongue are separately removed and hoisted on deck, with all the well known black bone attached to what is called the crown-piece.
Now look, for instance, at the way they serve dogs, cutting off their tails to make them look plucky, and shearing up their pretty little ears to a point to make them both look sharp, forsooth.
There is Alena Jasaityte, for instance, who has danced unending hours with Juozas Raczius, to whom she is engaged.