in the first instance

Definition of in the first instance


  1. :  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.

Word by Word Definitions

  1. :  preceding all others in time, order, or importance: such as

    :  earliest

    :  being the lowest forward gear or speed of a motor vehicle

  1. :  before another in time, space, or importance

    :  for the first time

    :  in preference to something else :  sooner

  1. :  something that is first: such as

    :  the first occurrence or item of a kind

    :  the first forward gear or speed of a motor vehicle

  1. :  urgent or earnest solicitation

    :  instigation, request

    :  an impelling cause or motive

  1. :  to illustrate or demonstrate by an instance

    :  to mention as a case or example :  cite

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a rounded knoll or a ridge of ice

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