in the first instance

idiom

Definition of in the first instance

formal
: before other events happen : as the first thing in a series of actions You will be seen in the first instance by your own doctor who may then send you to a specialist.

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“In the first instance.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/in%20the%20first%20instance. Accessed 19 Oct. 2021.

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