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 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.
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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.
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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
     For instance, by way of example or illustration; for
     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 The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48 :

  Instance \In"stance\, v. t. [imp. & p. p. Instanced; p. pr. &
     vb. n. Instancing.]
     To mention as a case or example; to refer to; to cite; as, to
     instance a fact. --H. Spenser.
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           I shall not instance an abstruse author. --Milton.
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From The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48 :

  Instance \In"stance\, v. i.
     To give an example. [Obs.]
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           This story doth not only instance in kingdoms, but in
           families too.                            --Jer. Taylor.
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From WordNet (r) 3.0 (2006) :

      n 1: 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" [syn:
           case, instance, example]
      2: an item of information that is typical of a class or group;
         "this patient provides a typical example of the syndrome";
         "there is an example on page 10" [syn: example,
         illustration, instance, representative]
      v 1: clarify by giving an example of [syn: exemplify,
           illustrate, instance]

From Moby Thesaurus II by Grady Ward, 1.0 :

  97 Moby Thesaurus words for "instance":
     abetment, adduce, anatomize, article, as an example, aspect,
     atomize, call to mind, case, case history, case in point,
     circumstantiate, citation, cite, cite a particular, count,
     cross reference, datum, demonstrate, demonstration,
     descend to particulars, detail, document, element, emblem,
     encouragement, enter into detail, event, example, exemplar,
     exemplification, exemplify, explanation, exponent, facet, fact,
     factor, for example, for instance, give a for-instance,
     give full particulars, goading, ground, illustrate, illustration,
     improper suggestion, incidental, indecent proposal, insistence,
     item, itemize, matter, minor detail, minutia, minutiae, motion,
     name, needling, object lesson, occurrence, particular,
     particularize, pass, point, precedent, pressing, pressure,
     pricking, prodding, proof, proposal, proposition, quotation, quote,
     reason, reference, regard, relevant instance, representative,
     request, resolution, respect, sample, sampling, say,
     sexual advance, specify, specimen, spell out, spurring,
     substantiate, suggestion, symbol, thing, type, typical example,

From The Free On-line Dictionary of Computing (30 December 2018) :

      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

From Bouvier's Law Dictionary, Revised 6th Ed (1856) :

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

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