[in-stuh n-see]


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 Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

Examples from the Web for instancy

Historical Examples of instancy

  • 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.


    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.


    (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
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