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in·stance / ˈinstəns/ • n. 1. an example or single occurrence of something: a serious instance of corruption the search finds every instance where the word appears. ∎  a particular case: in this instance it mattered little. 2. rare Law the institution of a legal suit. • v. [tr.] cite (a fact, case, etc.) as an instance or example: here he instances in particular the work of Bach. PHRASES: at first instance Law at the first court hearing concerning a case. at the instance of formal at the request or instigation of: prosecution at the instance of the police. for instance as an example: take Canada, for instance. in the first (or second, etc.) instance in the first (or second, etc.) place; at the first (or second, etc.) stage of a proceeding: a tribunal should be formed, in the first instance to document these and other charges. 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 cent. 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.’

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instance urgency, urgent action (now in phr. at the instance of) XIV; †case adduced in objection; example in support of a general proposition XVI; process, suit (court of first i.); hence in the first i. as the first step XVII. — (O)F. instance eagerness, solicitation, judicial process, new argument — L. instantia presence, urgency, pleading or process, in schoIL. objection, example to the contrary, f. instāns, -ant- INSTANT.
Hence vb. †urge XV; cite as an instance XVII.

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