in the first instance

idiom

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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Recent Examples on the Web Throughout his narrative, his engrossing mixture of closeup witness and broad-view sociology calls to mind the late Howard S. Becker’s insistence that the best sociology is always, in the first instance, wide-angle reporting. The New Yorker, 12 June 2024 The popping of those bubbles led in the first instance to the Great Depression and in the second to a recession. Ruchir Sharma, Foreign Affairs, 31 Mar. 2020 States are allowed in the first instance to set the time, place and manner of elections subject only to congressional override. Dana Taylor, USA TODAY, 31 Mar. 2024 Throughout, Klinenberg’s mixture of closeup witness and broad-view sociology is engrossing, and reminds this reader of the late Howard S. Becker’s insistence that the best sociology is always, in the first instance, wide-angle reporting. Adam Gopnik, The New Yorker, 19 Feb. 2024 The designer wants to use AI technology to design swimwear in the first instance. Marc Bain, CNN, 6 Feb. 2024 Resolution of whether [Section] 2 affords private plaintiffs the ability to challenge state action is best left to the Supreme Court in the first instance. Oren Oppenheim, ABC News, 20 Nov. 2023 In other words, though the language seems to be incredibly capacious, there has been an effort by—in the first instance the Supreme Court, in the second instance the lower courts—to really prevent the use of this statute in ways that are divorced from prior uses. Isaac Chotiner, The New Yorker, 25 July 2023 Capitalism, as Peter Drucker remarked in 1954, is in the first instance about creating value for customers. Steve Denning, Forbes, 28 Apr. 2021

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