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instance

noun

Synonyms and Antonyms of instance

  1. 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 Synonyms of instance case, exemplar, exemplification, illustration, example, prototype, representative, sample, specimenWords Related to instance archetype, classic, locus classicus, paradigm; cross section, microcosm; evidence, indication, manifestation, sign

Synonym Discussion of instance

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

instance

verb

Synonyms and Antonyms of instance

  1. 1 to give as an example instanced one particular incident as an illustration of their penchant for practical jokes Synonyms of instance adduce, cite, quote, mentionWords Related to instance exemplify, represent; advert (to), illustrate, quote, name, refer (to), specify, touch (on or upon); bear out, corroborate, document, substantiate, validate; reference, source

  2. 2 to make reference to or speak about briefly but specifically instanced the latest astronomical research in her presentation on measuring star magnitude Synonyms of instance advert (to), cite, drop, mention, name, note, notice, quote, refer (to), specify, touch (on or upon)Words Related to instance allude (to), hint (at), imply, indicate, infer, intend, intimate, suggest; point (out), signal, signify; denominate, designate; indicate; bring up, broach, interject, interpolate, interpose, introduce; infiltrate, insinuate, worm; advertise, announce, broadcast, declare, proclaim, pronounce, publicize, publish, sound; clarify, clear (up), elucidate, explain, explicate, spell outNear Antonyms of instance disregard, forget, ignore, neglect, overlook, overpass, pass over, slight

  3. 3 to show or make clear by using examples instanced the hero's moral courage with several examples from the novel Synonyms of instance demonstrate, exemplify, illustrateWords Related to instance adduce, cite, mention, quote; name, specify; analyze, break down; clarify, clear (up), explain, explicate, expound; edify, elucidate, enlighten; illuminate; construe, interpret; simplify, spell out; detail, enumerate, listNear Antonyms of instance becloud, blur, cloud, darken, fog, muddy, obscure; confuse, perplex, puzzle


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