Origin of instruction
Examples from the Web for instructions
Gang warlords, locked down in Super Maxes like Pelican Bay pass on instructions to thousands of followers.The Mexican Mafia Is the Daddy of All Street Gangs|Seth Ferranti|December 11, 2014|DAILY BEAST
Instead, the song was listed as “blank-blank-blank-blank Tha Police” with the instructions to “fill in the blanks.”
Dickens greeted the crowd, gave a few tips and instructions, then led us in a countdown from ten to one.
There was a phone booth with instructions in English for making direct international calls.
There was no instructions given and no direction whatsoever from us.
The dog indicated, both by his eyes and his tail, that he perfectly understood his instructions.Tales of the Sun|Mrs. Howard Kingscote
This was handed to Charles with instructions to forward it to Tracy Park.Gretchen|Mary J. Holmes
She speedily obeyed the instructions of her father, and endured to rear a race of adders with her maiden hands.The Danish History, Books I-IX|Saxo Grammaticus ("Saxo the Learned")
He has been directed to report himself to you at Fort Smith for instructions, when you will assign him to duty.The American Indian as Slaveholder and Seccessionist|Annie Heloise Abel
Faithful men to carry out their instructions I think can be found.Supplement to Animal Sanctuaries in Labrador|William Wood
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Word Origin and History for instructions
c.1400, instruccioun, "action or process of teaching," from Old French instruccion (14c.), from Latin instructionem (nominative instructio) "building, arrangement, teaching," from past participle stem of instruere "arrange, inform, teach," from in- "on" (see in- (2)) + struere "to pile, build" (see structure (n.)). Meaning "an authoritative direction telling someone what to do; a document giving such directions," is early 15c. Related: Instructions.