Webster's New World College Dictionary Copyright © 2010 by Wiley Publishing, Inc., Cleveland, Ohio.
the quality or condition of being instant; specif.,
- urgency; insistence
- Rare immediacy
Origin: L instantia
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The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th edition Copyright © 2010 by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. Published by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. All rights reserved.
noun pl. in·stan·cies
- The quality or condition of being insistent; urgency.
- Immediacy of occurrence; instantaneousness.