Dictionary definitions and meanings of the word instance

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This post talks about the dictionary definition and meanings of the English word instance. phonetic, phonetics, origin, meanings


Phonetic

ˈɪnst(ə)ns


Phonetics

Text pronounciation: undefined

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Origin of the word

Middle English: via Old French from Latin instantia ‘presence, urgency’, from instare ‘be present, press upon’, from in- ‘upon’ + stare ‘to stand’. The original sense was ‘urgency, urgent entreaty’, surviving in at the instance of . In the late 16th century the word denoted a particular case cited to disprove a general assertion, derived from medieval Latin instantia ‘example to the contrary’ (translating Greek enstasis ‘objection’); hence the meaning ‘single occurrence’.


Meanings

Part Of speech

noun

Definition

an example or single occurrence of something.

Example

a serious instance of corruption

Synonyms

example,occasion,occurrence,case,representative case,typical case,case in point,illustration,specimen,sample,exemplar,exemplification


Part Of speech

verb

Definition

cite (a fact, case, etc.) as an example.

Example

I instanced Bob as someone whose commitment had certainly got things done

Synonyms

cite,quote,refer to,make reference to,mention,allude to,adduce,give,give as an example,point to,point out,specify,name,identify,bring up,invoke,draw attention to,call attention to,put forward,present,offer,advance,propose



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