Instance

Definition of Instance

In´stance
n.1.
1.The act or quality of being instant or pressing; urgency; solicitation; application; suggestion; motion.
Undertook at her instance to restore them.
- Sir W. Scott.
2.That which is instant or urgent; motive.
The instances that second marriage move
Are base respects of thrift, but none of love.
- Shak.
3.Occasion; order of occurrence.
These seem as if, in the time of Edward I., they were drawn up into the form of a law, in the first instance.
- Sir M. Hale.
4.That which offers itself or is offered as an illustrative case; something cited in proof or exemplification; a case occurring; an example; as, we could find no instance of poisoning in the town within the past year.
Most remarkable instances of suffering.
- Atterbury.
5.A token; a sign; a symptom or indication.
Causes of instance
those which proceed at the solicitation of some party.
Court of first instance
the court by which a case is first tried.
- Hallifax.
For instance
by way of example or illustration; for example.
Instance Court
(Law) the Court of Admiralty acting within its ordinary jurisdiction, as distinguished from its action as a prize court.
v. t.1.To mention as a case or example; to refer to; to cite; as, to instance a fact.
[imp. & p. p. Instanced ; p. pr. & vb. n. Instancing .]
I shall not instance an abstruse author.
- Milton.
v. i.1.To give an example.
This story doth not only instance in kingdoms, but in families too.
- Jer. Taylor.

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