Definition of in the first instance
- You will be seen in the first instance by your own doctor who may then send you to a specialist.
: preceding all others in time, order, or importance: such as
: being the lowest forward gear or speed of a motor vehicle
: before another in time, space, or importance
: in the first place
: for the first time
: one that is number one in a series — see Table of Numbers
: something that is first: such as
: the first occurrence or item of a kind
: urgent or earnest solicitation
: instigation, request
: an impelling cause or motive
: to illustrate or demonstrate by an instance
: to mention as a case or example : cite
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