An example of instance is a specific situation in which bad judgment is expressed; it is an instance of bad judgment.
In the first instance.
You should apply in the first instance to the personnel manager.
[…] undertook at her instance to restore them.
- As an example; for example.
- at the suggestion or instigation of
- as an example; by way of illustration
Origin of instance
- Middle English instaunce from Old French instance request, instant and from Medieval Latin īnstantia example both from Latin presence from īnstāns īnstant- present instant
From American Heritage Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition