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[in-stuh n-see] /ˈɪn stən si/
quality of being instant; urgency; pressing nature.
Origin of instancy
From the Latin word instantia, dating back to 1505-15. See instance, -ancy Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2017.
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  • But what riveted the resemblance most was the instancy of their sympathetic communion.

  • For a moment those within did not in the instancy of their discourse hear Wat's summons.

    Lochinvar S. R. Crockett
  • At the same moment the lawyer, thus relieved of the instancy of his fear, changed his tactics.

    St. Ives Robert Louis Stevenson
  • It is a call to adventure with the unknown, an adventure sharpened by the threat of loss and tense with the instancy of action.

    Windfalls (AKA Alpha of the Plough) Alfred George Gardiner
  • The devotee's irrationality springs from a thousand inexplicable demonstrations of God's instancy in trouble.

    Autobiography of a YOGI Paramhansa Yogananda
British Dictionary definitions for instancy


noun (rare)
the quality of being urgent or imminent
instantaneousness; immediateness
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition
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