Definition of instance in English:

instance

Pronunciation /ˈinstəns/ /ˈɪnstəns/

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noun

  • 1An example or single occurrence of something.

    ‘a serious instance of corruption’
    • ‘the search finds every instance where the word appears’
    example, occasion, occurrence, case, representative case, typical case, case in point, illustration, specimen, sample, exemplar, exemplification
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    1. 1.1A particular case.
      • ‘in this instance it mattered little’

transitive verb

[with object]
  • Cite (a fact, case, etc.) as an example.

    ‘here he instances in particular the work of Bach’
    • ‘He agreed that there were few houses being built in rural areas, and instanced the case of the man with the house on the mountainside.’
    • ‘He instanced a case of a woman who borrowed £500 from one of these to attend a funeral down the country.’
    • ‘In a recent report, Amnesty instanced the case of a farmer from the Shan tribe forced to work by the military.’
    • ‘He instanced situations like car crashes, fires and drownings and said that in past few years they have had to deal with some traumatic situations.’
    • ‘Repeated in a new situation, the old formulations can often be misleading, as instanced by the examples of Baius and Jansenius in the seventeenth century.’
    • ‘Well, it's not actually illegal as instanced by the fact you can buy playing cards in the major stores.’
    • ‘Other delegates instanced names of people who would be eligible for membership of the IFA under the new rules, but who would have opposite views on several issues to those held by farming members.’
    • ‘This was a popular design for library bookcases in particular, as instanced by Plate 92 in the 1762 edition of Chippendale's Director.’
    • ‘He also reminded them of the devastation that a single disease could cause by instancing the 30-40 million deaths brought about less than 100 years ago by influenza.’
    • ‘Mr McCarthy instanced the success of food companies, such as Kerry Group plc, Lee Strand Co-op, Tralee, and the Cadbury factory in Rathmore.’
    • ‘He instanced a number of Brazilian workers who were compelled to work for £100 less than their colleagues and a Romanian who was sacked because he returned home when his wife had a difficult pregnancy.’
    • ‘Why are local authorities now playing down the scale of the problem (massively in my view) as instanced by their estimate of $30 million for repairs?’
    • ‘The bad faith of a majority of the left is instanced by four things (apart, that is, from mass demonstrations in favor of prolonging the life of a fascist government).’
    • ‘He said he had seen a big improvement in the town during those years and instanced the number of houses that had been built, the new businesses that had opened and the general air of prosperity which now prevails.’
    • ‘He instanced one Dublin firm where 10 workers use eight vans.’
    • ‘But on the flip side could be instanced fleeting moments when rhythmic control was a little wayward and when ensemble unity was not quite perfect.’
    • ‘He also instanced his meeting with the 10 children who came from Chernobyl to spend a month in Castlebar with host families.’
    • ‘He instanced its failure to compel the Indian steel company to clean up the plant and site as a condition of the takeover in 1996.’
    • ‘He instanced the plight of a young lad who got planning permission for a site on his father's land near Rakestreet but could not get water.’
    • ‘Marine leisure activities have some potential, however, as instanced by the new marina in Caherciveen.’
    cite, quote, refer to, make reference to, mention, allude to, adduce, give, give as an example, point to, point out
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Phrases

    at first instance
    Law
    • At the first court hearing concerning a case.

      ‘The Federal Court of Australia at first instance and then on appeal denied judicial review.’
      • ‘That court unanimously dismissed an appeal against a judgment entered by Justice Carr at first instance in that court.’
      • ‘His application for judicial review was dismissed at first instance on 11 April 2001.’
      • ‘Although both the judge at first instance and the Court of Appeal held that the agreement was void, the House of Lords held the contract to be valid and binding.’
      • ‘At first instance, the jury returned a verdict in favour of the defendant.’
    for instance
    • As an example.

      ‘take Canada, for instance’
      • ‘Beware of people who say they can find you a specific marble mantelpiece, for instance.’
      • ‘There may, for instance, be specific evidence pointing to a clear boundary to the market.’
      • ‘For instance, he suggested cities share some of their infrastructure with rural neighbors.’
      • ‘For instance, I Wish I Was the Moon is quite possibly the best ballad in years.’
      • ‘For instance, suppose you wish to throw your opponent with, say, the ankle throw to the right.’
      • ‘For instance, they suggest that a third of seats in the government should be reserved for women.’
      • ‘For instance, pressure on the abdomen can cause or relieve corresponding back pains.’
      • ‘For instance, people demand food because of the nourishment it offers them.’
      • ‘For instance, the EU suggests keeping cheeses at temperatures that will not endanger human health.’
      • ‘For instance when a couple quarrel they often forget the matter in hand.’
    at the instance of
    formal
    • At the request or instigation of.

      ‘prosecution at the instance of the police’
      • ‘In criminal causes, an appeal lies to the House of Lords at the instance of the defendant or prosecutor.’
      • ‘Extradition proceedings at the instance of the French prosecuting authorities are pending against Parretti in the USA.’
      • ‘But, whether it is so expressed or not, it is in my judgment a duty that is owed to the court and which can be enforced by the court at the instance of the English plaintiffs.’
      • ‘The defendant says that the witness wrote the number into his diary at the instance of the plaintiff, and that she had gotten the number from him in the course of a meeting the defendant had with her before leaving for India.’
      • ‘The grievance procedure has commenced and one hearing date was postponed at the instance of defendant.’
    in the first instance
    • In the first place or at the first stage of a proceeding.

      ‘a tribunal should be formed, in the first instance to document these and other charges’
      • ‘In the first instance, the person who killed the baby would receive a life sentence; in the second instance, the doctor would receive a thank you and a large payment.’
      • ‘Indeed, in the second instance, even if you somehow got to where you were supposed to be going, how the hell would you know?’
      • ‘He said soldiers may have been acting in self-defense in the second instance.’
      • ‘It depended on what made them to become warring enemies in the first instance.’
      • ‘A nurse does assess patients in the first instance and this is something that we, as nurses, have thought for a long time that we could do.’
      • ‘He would always advise people to see a doctor in the first instance, especially for conditions such as recurring migraines.’
      • ‘I think the blame lays fairly and squarely with the company in the first instance.’
      • ‘What this column proposes is that, in the first instance, focus be given to the safe disposal of the monitors.’
      • ‘The victim of this trick was simply astounded at this part of the proceeding, as no mention whatever was made of a frame in the first instance.’
      • ‘I think you should complain in the first instance to the adviser.’

Origin

Middle English via Old French from Latin instantia ‘presence, urgency’, from instare ‘be present, press upon’, from in- ‘upon’ + stare ‘to stand’. The original sense was ‘urgency, urgent entreaty’, surviving in at the instance of. In the late 16th century the word denoted a particular case cited to disprove a general assertion, derived from medieval Latin instantia ‘example to the contrary’ (translating Greek enstasis ‘objection’); hence the meaning ‘single occurrence’.