[ fer-in-stuh ns ]
/ fərˈɪn stəns /
an instance or example: Give me a for-instance of what you mean.
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Definition for forinstance (2 of 2)
[ in-stuh ns ]
/ ˈɪn stəns /
a case or occurrence of anything: fresh instances of oppression.
an example put forth in proof or illustration: to cite a few instances.
Law. the institution and prosecution of a case.
Archaic. urgency in speech or action.
Obsolete. an impelling motive.
verb (used with object), in·stanced, in·stanc·ing.
to cite as an instance or example.
to exemplify by an instance.
verb (used without object), in·stanced, in·stanc·ing.
to cite an instance.
Origin of instance
synonym study for instance
2. See case1.
OTHER WORDS FROM instancecoun·ter·in·stance, nounun·in·stanced, adjective
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British Dictionary definitions for forinstance
/ (ˈɪnstəns) /
a case or particular example
for instance for or as an example
a specified stage in proceedings; step (in the phrases in the first, second, etc, instance)
urgent request or demand (esp in the phrase at the instance of)
- an expression derived from another by instantiation
- See substitution (def. 4b)
archaic motive or reason
to cite as an example
Word Origin for instance
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
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Idioms and Phrases with forinstance
see under for example.
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