Definition of instance
- prefers, in this instance, to remain anonymous
- —The Times Literary Supplement (London)
- older people, like my grandmother, for instance
an instance of great courage
These delays are just another instance of bureaucratic inefficiency.
In most instances the disease can be controlled by medication.
They have decided not to oppose the decision in this instance.
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instanced one particular incident as an illustration of their penchant for practical jokes
instanced the latest astronomical research in her presentation on measuring star magnitude
: an example of a particular type of action or situation : an occasion of something happening
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