instance

instance
instance [in′stəns]
n.
[ME instaunce < OFr instance < L instantia, a standing upon or near, being present < instans: see INSTANT]
1. Archaic an urgent plea; persistent solicitation
2. an example; case; illustration
3. a step in proceeding; occasion or case [in the first instance]
4. Obs. a motive; cause
5. Obs. a token or sign
6. a detail or circumstance
7. Law a process or proceeding in a court; suit
vt.
instanced, instancing
1. to show by means of an instance; exemplify
2. to use as an example; cite
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at the instance of
at the suggestion or instigation of
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for instance
as an example; by way of illustration
SYN.- INSTANCE refers to a person, thing, or event that is adduced to prove or support a general statement [here is an instance of his sincerity ]; CASE1 is applied to any happening or condition that demonstrates the general existence or occurrence of something [a case of mistaken identity ]; EXAMPLE is applied to something that is cited as typical of the members of its group [his novel is an example of romantic literature ]; ILLUSTRATION is used of an instance or example that helps to explain or clarify something [this sentence is an illustration of the use of a word ]

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  • instance — [ ɛ̃stɑ̃s ] n. f. • v. 1240 « application, soin »; lat. instantia 1 ♦ Sollicitation pressante. Vx au sing., sauf dans Demander avec instance. ⇒ insistance. « mon camarade me fit de telles instances » (Balzac). Mod. Céder aux instances de qqn. ⇒… …   Encyclopédie Universelle

  • instance — INSTANCE. s. f. Poursuite, sollicitation pressante. Grande instance. faire instance, de grandes instances, de vives instances, des instances pressantes auprés de quelqu un, envers quelqu un. je l ay fait à son instance. je l en ay sollicité avec… …   Dictionnaire de l'Académie française

  • instance — n Instance, case, illustration, example, sample, specimen mean a concrete thing which has or manifests the qualities, characters, or nature of a type, a class, or a group. Instance applies to an individual person or thing brought forth in support …   New Dictionary of Synonyms

  • Instance — In stance, n. [F. instance, L. instantia, fr. instans. See {Instant}.] [1913 Webster] 1. The act or quality of being instant or pressing; urgency; solicitation; application; suggestion; motion. [1913 Webster] Undertook at her instance to restore… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • instance — in·stance / in stəns/ n [French, from Late Latin instantia, from Latin, the fact of being present or impending, vehemence in speech, urgency, from instant instans insistent, pressing, from present participle of instare to be pressing, stand upon] …   Law dictionary

  • instance — ► NOUN 1) an example or single occurrence of something. 2) a particular case. ► VERB ▪ cite as an example. ● for instance Cf. ↑for instance ● in the first (or second etc.) …   English terms dictionary

  • instance — (n.) mid 14c., urgency, from O.Fr. instance eagerness, anxiety, solicitation (13c.), from L. instantia presence, effort intention; earnestness, urgency, lit. a standing near, from instans (see INSTANT (Cf. instant)). In Scholastic logic, a fact… …   Etymology dictionary

  • Instance — In stance, v. t. [imp. & p. p. {Instanced}; p. pr. & vb. n. {Instancing}.] To mention as a case or example; to refer to; to cite; as, to instance a fact. H. Spenser. [1913 Webster] I shall not instance an abstruse author. Milton. [1913 Webster] …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • Instance — In stance, v. i. To give an example. [Obs.] [1913 Webster] This story doth not only instance in kingdoms, but in families too. Jer. Taylor. [1913 Webster] …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

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