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instance

noun

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one of a group or collection that shows what the whole is like
  • this is just one instance of his repeated failure to do what he promised

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instance

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1 to give as an example
  • instanced one particular incident as an illustration of their penchant for practical jokes

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2 to make reference to or speak about briefly but specifically
  • instanced the latest astronomical research in her presentation on measuring star magnitude

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3 to show or make clear by using examples
  • instanced the hero's moral courage with several examples from the novel

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Noun

instance, case, illustration, example, sample, specimen mean something that exhibits distinguishing characteristics in its category. instance applies to any individual person, act, or thing that may be offered to illustrate or explain. an instance of history repeating itself case is used to direct attention to a real or assumed occurrence or situation that is to be considered, studied, or dealt with. a case of mistaken identity illustration applies to an instance offered as a means of clarifying or illuminating a general statement. a telling illustration of Murphy's Law example applies to a typical, representative, or illustrative instance or case. a typical example of bureaucratic waste sample implies a part or unit taken at random from a larger whole and so presumed to be typical of its qualities. show us a sample of your work specimen applies to any example or sample whether representative or merely existent and available. one of the finest specimens of the jeweler's art

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The first known use of instance was in the 14th century

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“Instance.” The Merriam-Webster.com Thesaurus, Merriam-Webster Inc., https://www.merriam-webster.com/thesaurus/in-stance. Accessed 19 January 2020.

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