Instance Court
Instance In"stance, n. [F. instance, L. instantia, fr. instans. See {Instant}.] [1913 Webster] 1. The act or quality of being instant or pressing; urgency; solicitation; application; suggestion; motion. [1913 Webster]

Undertook at her instance to restore them. --Sir W. Scott. [1913 Webster]

2. That which is instant or urgent; motive. [Obs.] [1913 Webster]

The instances that second marriage move Are base respects of thrift, but none of love. --Shak. [1913 Webster]

3. Occasion; order of occurrence. [1913 Webster]

These seem as if, in the time of Edward I., they were drawn up into the form of a law, in the first instance. --Sir M. Hale. [1913 Webster]

4. That which offers itself or is offered as an illustrative case; something cited in proof or exemplification; a case occurring; an example; as, we could find no instance of poisoning in the town within the past year. [1913 Webster +PJC]

Most remarkable instances of suffering. --Atterbury. [1913 Webster]

5. A token; a sign; a symptom or indication. --Shak. [1913 Webster]

{Causes of instance}, those which proceed at the solicitation of some party. --Hallifax.

{Court of first instance}, the court by which a case is first tried.

{For instance}, by way of example or illustration; for example.

{Instance Court} (Law), the Court of Admiralty acting within its ordinary jurisdiction, as distinguished from its action as a prize court.

Syn: Example; case. See {Example}. [1913 Webster]


The Collaborative International Dictionary of English. 2000.

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  • instance court — In English law, that division or department of the court of admiralty which exercised all the ordinary admiralty jurisdiction, with the single exception of prize cases, the latter belonging to the branch called the Prize Court. Now part of High… …   Black's law dictionary

  • instance court — One of the two branches of the admiralty court; the branch which exercises jurisdiction in reference to maritime contracts and maritime torts. Percival v Hickey (NY) 18 Johns 257. The other branch is the prize court …   Ballentine's law dictionary

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  • Court of first instance — Instance In stance, n. [F. instance, L. instantia, fr. instans. See {Instant}.] [1913 Webster] 1. The act or quality of being instant or pressing; urgency; solicitation; application; suggestion; motion. [1913 Webster] Undertook at her instance to …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • Instance — In stance, n. [F. instance, L. instantia, fr. instans. See {Instant}.] [1913 Webster] 1. The act or quality of being instant or pressing; urgency; solicitation; application; suggestion; motion. [1913 Webster] Undertook at her instance to restore… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

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  • court — A space which is uncovered, but which may be partly or wholly inclosed by buildings or walls. When used in connection with a street, indicates a short street, blind alley, or open space like a short street inclosed by dwellings or other buildings …   Black's law dictionary

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  • Court of cassation — See also: Cassation (music) A Court of Cassation is a high instance court that exists in some judicial systems. Courts of cassation are appellate courts of the highest instance. They are roughly equivalent to supreme courts in other countries.… …   Wikipedia

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