Meaning of instance


Pronunciation: (in'stuns), [key]
— n., v., -stanced, -stanc•ing.
  1. a case or occurrence of anything: fresh instances of oppression.
  2. an example put forth in proof or illustration: to cite a few instances.
  3. the institution and prosecution of a case.
  4. urgency in speech or action.
  5. an impelling motive.
  6. at the urging or suggestion of: He applied for the assistantship at the instance of his professor.
  7. as an example; for example: If you were to go to Italy, for instance, you would get a different perspective on our culture.
  1. to cite as an instance or example.
  2. to exemplify by an instance.
  1. to cite an instance.
Random House Unabridged Dictionary, Copyright © 1997, by Random House, Inc., on Infoplease.
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