Definition of instruction
1 a : precept <prevailing cultural instructions> b : a direction calling for compliance : order —usually used in plural <had instructions not to admit strangers> c plural : an outline or manual of technical procedure : directions d : a code that tells a computer to perform a particular operation
2 : the action, practice, or profession of teaching
instructionalplay \-shnəl, -shə-nəl\ adjective
Examples of instruction in a sentence
You should read each instruction carefully.
Their instruction was to deliver the package by five o'clock.
The after-school program offers reading instruction to students who need it.
The computer can handle one million instructions per second.
First Known Use of instruction
INSTRUCTION Defined for English Language Learners
Definition of instruction for English Language Learners
: a statement that describes how to do something
: an order or command
: the action or process of teaching : the act of instructing someone
INSTRUCTION Defined for Kids
Definition of instruction for Students
1 instructions plural : a specific rule or command <I left instructions that I was not to be disturbed.>
2 instructions plural : an outline of how something is to be done <Follow the instructions on the box.>
3 : the act or practice of teaching <Students receive instruction in history.>
Legal Definition of instruction
: an explanation of an applicable principle of law given by a judge to a jury before the jury retires to consider its verdict —called also jury charge, jury instruction
Additional Notes on instruction
Under both the Federal Rules of Civil Procedure and the Federal Rules of Criminal Procedure, at the close of evidence, or before the close if the court reasonably so directs, any party may file written requests for the instructions to be given to the jury by the court. The court must advise the parties of its decision regarding the instructions prior to closing argument so that the parties may address the instructions during argument. Any objections to the instructions must be made before the jury retires for deliberation.
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