instance applies to any individual person, act, or thing that may be offered to illustrate or explain.
an instance of history repeating itself
case is used to direct attention to a real or assumed occurrence or situation that is to be considered, studied, or dealt with.
a case of mistaken identity
illustration applies to an instance offered as a means of clarifying or illuminating a general statement.
a telling illustration of Murphy's Law
example applies to a typical, representative, or illustrative instance or case.
a typical example of bureaucratic waste
sample implies a part or unit taken at random from a larger whole and so presumed to be typical of its qualities.
show us a sample of your work
specimen applies to any example or sample whether representative or merely existent and available.
one of the finest specimens of the jeweler's art
Examples of case in a Sentence
Recent Examples on the Web
Zenith Zenith first teamed up with British DJ, producer, and house music pioneer Carl Cox back in 2020 for a limited edition variation of its Defy watch with a carbon case, a small seconds indicator shaped like a vinyl record, and a bright red strap.—Cait Bazemore, Robb Report, 20 Sep. 2023 For eight months, McClain’s death remained largely a Colorado story until George Floyd’s murder by Minneapolis police in 2020 sparked scrutiny of cases in which unarmed Black people were killed, including Breonna Taylor in Louisville and Ahmaud Arbery in suburban Georgia.—Kim Bellware, Washington Post, 20 Sep. 2023 In this case: U2, the Flaming Lips, Sunny Day Real Estate…Seal.—Ryan Reed, Spin, 20 Sep. 2023 He has been charged with 13 felony counts in that case, including racketeering (violating the Georgia RICO Act) and false statements and writings.—Virginia Chamlee, Peoplemag, 20 Sep. 2023 More than 2,000 cases of congenital syphilis were reported in 2021 alone, which is the highest number reported in one year since 1994, the federal health agency said.—Mary Kekatos, ABC News, 20 Sep. 2023 This case is merely the beginning of our battle to defend authors from theft by OpenAI and other generative AI.—Daniel Kreps, Rolling Stone, 20 Sep. 2023 Evidence photos from the U.S. District Court case illustrate the sophisticated operation run out of a house in Nuevo Laredo for years, right across the border from Laredo, Texas.—Stephen Stock, Michael Botsford, Jose Sanchez, CBS News, 20 Sep. 2023 Earlier this month, Mar-a-Lago information technology worker Yuscil Taveras agreed to testify against Trump in the classified documents case.—Tori Otten, The New Republic, 20 Sep. 2023
During the trial, state prosecutors had argued that Molitor and the Null brothers had participated in military-style drills and cased Whitmer’s vacation property in Antrim County in northern Michigan.—Tim Craig, Washington Post, 15 Sep. 2023 Responding officers discovered a bullet hole in a Pepsi machine behind the counter and a shell casing on the ground.—John H. Tucker, cleveland, 2 Aug. 2023 All aluminum, platforms, plates, casing, and packaging are also recyclable, and Catipilla has a paper-free office
The main downside is that because the company is based in the United Kingdom, there is a substantial shipping fee to other countries.—Mary Jo Dilonardo, Treehugger, 10 Sep. 2023 Investigators recovered a 9mm shell casing outside the vestibule, and a 9mm Canik firearm from the vestibule.—Antonio Planas, NBC News, 10 Aug. 2023 More super rich names are coming up in the Jeffrey Epstein cases
JPMorgan also opened accounts for Epstein victims and co-conspirators and managed the flow of money between them, the filing alleged.—Aaron Gregg, Washington Post, 25 July 2023 Investigators later found a .45-caliber cartridge casing at the scene and additional surveillance footage that showed Bell’s face.—Lana Ferguson, Dallas News, 29 Mar. 2023 Turnout was high for a typically sleepy one-issue August election, with more than 2.8 million Ohioans casing ballots.—Peter Weber, The Week, 8 Aug. 2023 My body was so tired, so worn from the hike that a moment to unwind, remain motionless, and fully envelope myself in the chimes and dings casing the room was much needed.—Barry Samaha, Robb Report, 26 July 2023 See More
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Middle English cas, from Anglo-French, from Latin casus fall, chance, from cadere to fall — more at chance
Middle English cas, from Anglo-French case, chase, from Latin capsa chest, case, probably from capere to take — more at heave entry 1
First Known Use
before the 12th century, in the meaning defined at sense 3a
: a case being considered by the courtthe facts of the case at bar
—case of first impression
: a case that presents an issue or question never before decided or considered by the court
: a case that is heard with another case because it involves similar or related questions of law
: a representative case whose outcome will serve as precedent for future cases and especially for pending cases involving similar or related issues or circumstances and often some of the same parties
A test case is selected from a number of cases in order to avoid a flood of litigation. All of the parties to the cases must agree to accept the outcome of the test case as binding.
: a proceeding usually in the form of a suit for injunction brought to obtain a decision as to the constitutionality of a statute
: the reported facts, procedural history, and especially decision in an action
: a case that marks a significant turning point on a particular issue
: a case so well reasoned and important in the rules of law determined and in the principles declared that it becomes well-known and is frequently cited by courts and lawyers as settling the points of law ruled upon and as useful in resolving new questions of law
: the evidence and arguments presented by a party in court see also case stated
—case in chief
: the main part of a party's case including arguments for which the party bears the burden of proof but not including rebuttal
—prima facie case
: a case established by evidence that is sufficient to raise a presumption of fact or establish the fact in question unless rebutted