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.
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.
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.
Noun1.instance - an occurrence of something; "it was a case of bad judgment"; "another instance occurred yesterday"; "but there is always the famous example of the Smiths"
Synonyms: case, example
2.instance - an item of information that is representative of a type; "this patient provides a typical example of the syndrome"; "there is an example on page 10"
Verb1.instance - clarify by giving an example of

COURT, INSTANCE. One of the branches of the English admiralty is called an instance court. Vide Instance Court.

INSTANCE, civil and French law. It signifies, generally, all sorts of actions and judicial demands. Dig. 44, 7, 58.

(programming)instance - An individual object of a certain class. While a class is just the type definition, an actual usage of a class is called "instance". Each instance of a class can have different values for its instance variables, i.e. its state.
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