Definición de instance en inglés:


Saltos de línea: in|stance
Pronunciación: /ˈɪnst(ə)ns


  • 1An example or single occurrence of something: a serious instance of corruption the search finds every instance where the word appears
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    • 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.
    example, occasion, occurrence, case, representative case, typical case, case in point, illustration, specimen, sample, exemplar, exemplification
  • 1.1A particular case: in this instance it mattered little
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    • 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.


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at first instance

Law At the first court hearing concerning a case. See also court of first instance.
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  • 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 police
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  • 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.
instigation, prompting, suggestion; request, entreaty, solicitation; wish, desire; urging, importuning, pressure; demand, insistence

for instance

As an example: take Canada, for instance
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  • 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 or stage of a proceeding: the appointment will be for three years in the first instance
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  • 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.
place; stage, step; initially, at first, at the start, at the outset, in/at the beginning, to begin with, to start with, originally, in the early stages


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’.

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