- 1An example or single occurrence of something: a serious instance of corruption the search finds every instance where the word appearsMore example sentences
- There are lines of communication and despite a few instances which might suggest otherwise, there's been a cordial relationship going on.
- PorkWatch says there are instances of imported pork and pork products being labelled in ways that might make shoppers think they are British.
- Importantly, these instances show the direction of the road ahead.
- 1.1A particular case: in this instance it mattered littleMore example sentences
- In the first instance, take the matter of evaluation of the worth of a teacher.
- The detection in these instances is a matter of minutes, but most of these advanced devices are available only in the military.
- Needless to say, the availability of condoms matters little in these instances.
- 2 Law , • rare The institution of a legal suit.More example sentences
- An instance arising at common law is that of self-defence, which, however, once raised must be disproved by the Crown.
- So he cannot represent the defendant at higher instances without being provided with a representation act issued in the forms provided for by law.
- His applications to commit Mr Rabinowicz and Mr Osuntokun are one instance.
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- Cite (a fact, case, etc.) as an instance or example: here he instances in particular the work of BachMore example sentences
- He agreed that there were few houses being built in rural areas, and instanced the case of the man with the house on the mountainside.
- He instanced a case of a woman who borrowed £500 from one of these to attend a funeral down the country.
- In a recent report, Amnesty instanced the case of a farmer from the Shan tribe forced to work by the military.
at first instance
- Law At the first court hearing concerning a case.More example sentences
- The Federal Court of Australia at first instance and then on appeal denied judicial review.
- That court unanimously dismissed an appeal against a judgment entered by Justice Carr at first instance in that court.
- His application for judicial review was dismissed at first instance on 11 April 2001.
at the instance of
- • formal At the request or instigation of: prosecution at the instance of the policeMore example sentences
- In criminal causes, an appeal lies to the House of Lords at the instance of the defendant or prosecutor.
- Extradition proceedings at the instance of the French prosecuting authorities are pending against Parretti in the USA.
- But, whether it is so expressed or not, it is in my judgment a duty that is owed to the court and which can be enforced by the court at the instance of the English plaintiffs.
- As an example: take Canada, for instanceMore example sentences
- Beware of people who say they can find you a specific marble mantelpiece, for instance.
- There may, for instance, be specific evidence pointing to a clear boundary to the market.
- For instance, he suggested cities share some of their infrastructure with rural neighbors.
in the first (or second, etc.) instance
- In the first (or second, etc.) place; at the first (or second, etc.) stage of a proceeding: a tribunal should be formed, in the first instance to document these and other chargesMore example sentences
- In the first instance, the person who killed the baby would receive a life sentence; in the second instance, the doctor would receive a thank you and a large payment.
- Indeed, in the second instance, even if you somehow got to where you were supposed to be going, how the hell would you know?
- He said soldiers may have been acting in self-defense in the second instance.
Middle English: via Old French from Latin instantia 'presence, urgency', from instare 'be present, press upon', from in- 'upon' + stare 'to stand'. The original sense was 'urgency, urgent entreaty', surviving in at the instance of. In the late 16th century the word denoted a particular case cited to disprove a general assertion, derived from medieval Latin instantia 'example to the contrary' (translating Greek enstasis 'objection'); hence the meaning 'single occurrence'.