- Instance is defined as an occurrence of something, or a specific situation, happening or event.
An example of instance is a specific situation in which bad judgment is expressed; it is an instance of bad judgment.
instance definition by Webster's New World
- Archaic an urgent plea; persistent solicitation
- an example; case; illustration
- a step in proceeding; occasion or case: in the first instance
- Obsolete a motive; cause
- Obsolete a token or sign
- a detail or circumstance
- Law a process or proceeding in a court; suit
Origin: Middle English instaunce ; from Old French instance ; from Classical Latin instantia, a standing upon or near, being present ; from instans: see instant
instance definition by American Heritage Dictionary
- a. An example that is cited to prove or invalidate a contention or illustrate a point. See Synonyms at example.b. A case or an occurrence: In all such instances, let conscience be your guide.
- Law A legal proceeding or process; a suit.
- A step in a process or series of events: You should apply in the first instance to the personnel manager.
- a. A suggestion or request: called at the instance of his attorney.b. Archaic Urgent solicitation.
- Obsolete An impelling motive.
- To offer as an example; cite.
- To demonstrate or show by an example; exemplify.
Origin: Middle English instaunce, from Old French instance, request, instant, and from Medieval Latin īnstantia, example, both from Latin, presence, from īnstāns, īnstant-, present; see instant.
instance - Computer Definition
(1) A single copy of a running program. Multiple instances of a program mean that the program has been loaded into memory several times.
(2) In object technology, a member of a class; for example, "Lassie" is an instance of the class "dog." When an instance is created, the initial values of its instance variables are assigned.
instance - Phrases/Idioms
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