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 for for instance
From The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48 :

  Instance \In"stance\, n. [F. instance, L. instantia, fr.
     instans. See Instant.]
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     1. The act or quality of being instant or pressing; urgency;
        solicitation; application; suggestion; motion.
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              Undertook at her instance to restore them. --Sir W.
                                                    Scott.
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     2. That which is instant or urgent; motive. [Obs.]
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              The instances that second marriage move
              Are base respects of thrift, but none of love.
                                                    --Shak.
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     3. Occasion; order of occurrence.
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              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.
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     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.
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              Most remarkable instances of suffering. --Atterbury.
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     5. A token; a sign; a symptom or indication. --Shak.
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     Causes of instance, those which proceed at the solicitation
        of some party. --Hallifax.
  
     Court of first instance, the court by which a case is first
        tried.
  
     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.
  
     Syn: Example; case. See Example.
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From WordNet (r) 3.0 (2006) :

  for instance
      adv 1: as an example; "take ribbon snakes, for example" [syn:
             for example, for instance, e.g.]

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