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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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She had received instructions from both the men and women; in some instances from the children.
With his consummate knowledge of the nature of the people with whom he had to deal, he anticipated every measure on which they decided; and it might almost be said, that, in many instances, he knew their intentions, even before they became known to themselves.
They were rough-looking desperadoes, with sun-blackened faces, and an immensity of beard; their wide short trousers were confined about the waist by belts, often clasped with a rough plate of gold, and sustaining always a long knife, and in some instances, a sword.
So that there are instances among them of men, who, named with Scripture names --a singularly common fashion on the island --and in childhood naturally imbibing the stately dramatic thee and thou of the Quaker idiom; still, from the audacious, daring, and boundless adventure of their subsequent lives, strangely blend with these unoutgrown peculiarities, a thousand bold dashes of character, not unworthy a Scandinavian sea-king, or a poetical Pagan Roman.
In some instances, to the quick, observant eye, those linear marks, as in a veritable engraving, but afford the ground for far other delineations.
Such instances save us from utter despair of our kind.
I know not how significant it is, or how far it is an evidence of singularity, that an individual should thus consent in his pettiest walk with the general movement of the race; but I know that something akin to the migratory instinct in birds and quadrupeds--which, in some instances, is known to have affected the squirrel tribe, impelling them to a general and mysterious movement, in which they were seen, say some, crossing the broadest rivers, each on its particular chip, with its tail raised for a sail, and bridging narrower streams with their dead--that something like the furor which affects the domestic cattle in the spring, and which is referred to a worm in their tails,--affects both nations and individuals, either perennially or from time to time.
Ground wires were good enough, in both instances, for my wires were protected by an insulation of my own invention which was per- fect.
Doubtless this may have been the case in most instances, but it was not the less hard to bar on that account--and after all, its bottom, its groundwork, was selfishness.
In some few instances, their incredulity arises from a want of reflection; but, generally, it indicates a hatred of the light, a desire to shield slavery from the assaults of its foes, a contempt of the colored race, whether bond or free.
Instances have been known of young people passing many, many months successively, without being at any ball of any description, and no material injury accrue either to body or mind;but when a beginning is made when the felicities of rapid motion have once been, though slightly, feltit must be a very heavy set that does not ask for more.
The rapidity of their progress, in some instances, was even surprising; and an honest and happy pride I took in it: besides, I began personally to like some of the best girls; and they liked me.