instance

[ in-stuh ns ]
/ ˈɪn stəns /

noun

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.

Idioms

    at the instance of, at the urging or suggestion of: He applied for the assistantship at the instance of his professor.
    for instance, as an example; for example: If you were to go to Italy, for instance, you would get a different perspective on our culture.

Origin of instance

1300–50; Middle English < Latin instantia presence, urgency (Medieval Latin: case, example). See instant, -ance
Related formscoun·ter·in·stance, nounun·in·stanced, adjective

Synonym study

2. See case1.
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British Dictionary definitions for instance

instance

/ (ˈɪnstəns) /

noun

verb (tr)

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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Word Origin and History for instance

instance


n.

mid-14c., "urgency," from Old French instance "eagerness, anxiety, solicitation" (13c.), from Latin instantia "presence, effort intention; earnestness, urgency," literally "a standing near," from instans (see instant). In Scholastic logic, "a fact or example" (early 15c.), from Medieval Latin instantia, used to translate Greek enstasis. This led to use in phrase for instance "as an example" (1650s), and the noun phrase To give (someone) a for instance (1953, American English).

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Idioms and Phrases with instance

instance


see under for example.

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