instance

  • 1 instance — [ ɛ̃stɑ̃s ] n. f. • v. 1240 « application, soin »; lat. instantia 1 ♦ Sollicitation pressante. Vx au sing., sauf dans Demander avec instance. ⇒ insistance. « mon camarade me fit de telles instances » (Balzac). Mod. Céder aux instances de qqn. ⇒… …

    Encyclopédie Universelle

  • 2 instance — INSTANCE. s. f. Poursuite, sollicitation pressante. Grande instance. faire instance, de grandes instances, de vives instances, des instances pressantes auprés de quelqu un, envers quelqu un. je l ay fait à son instance. je l en ay sollicité avec… …

    Dictionnaire de l'Académie française

  • 3 instance — n Instance, case, illustration, example, sample, specimen mean a concrete thing which has or manifests the qualities, characters, or nature of a type, a class, or a group. Instance applies to an individual person or thing brought forth in support …

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  • 4 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

  • 5 instance — [in′stəns] n. [ME instaunce < OFr instance < L instantia, a standing upon or near, being present < instans: see INSTANT] 1. Archaic an urgent plea; persistent solicitation 2. an example; case; illustration 3. a step in proceeding;… …

    English World dictionary

  • 6 instance — in·stance / in stəns/ n [French, from Late Latin instantia, from Latin, the fact of being present or impending, vehemence in speech, urgency, from instant instans insistent, pressing, from present participle of instare to be pressing, stand upon] …

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  • 7 instance — ► NOUN 1) an example or single occurrence of something. 2) a particular case. ► VERB ▪ cite as an example. ● for instance Cf. ↑for instance ● in the first (or second etc.) …

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  • 8 instance — (n.) mid 14c., urgency, from O.Fr. instance eagerness, anxiety, solicitation (13c.), from L. instantia presence, effort intention; earnestness, urgency, lit. a standing near, from instans (see INSTANT (Cf. instant)). In Scholastic logic, a fact… …

    Etymology dictionary

  • 9 Instance — In stance, v. t. [imp. & p. p. {Instanced}; p. pr. & vb. n. {Instancing}.] To mention as a case or example; to refer to; to cite; as, to instance a fact. H. Spenser. [1913 Webster] I shall not instance an abstruse author. Milton. [1913 Webster] …

    The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • 10 Instance — In stance, v. i. To give an example. [Obs.] [1913 Webster] This story doth not only instance in kingdoms, but in families too. Jer. Taylor. [1913 Webster] …

    The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • 11 instance — [n] case, situation case history, case in point, detail, example, exemplification, exponent, ground, illustration, item, occasion, occurrence, particular, precedent, proof, reason, representative, sample, sampling, specimen, time; concepts… …

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  • 12 Instance —   [engl.], Instanz …

    Universal-Lexikon

  • 13 instance — (in stan s ) s. f. 1°   Soin extrême, pressant. •   Et notre plus grand soin, notre première instance Doit être à le nourrir [l esprit] du suc de la science, MOL. F. sav. II, 7. 2°   Sollicitation pressante. Demander avec instance. •   Et son… …

    Dictionnaire de la Langue Française d'Émile Littré

  • 14 INSTANCE — s. f. Sollicitation pressante. Dans ce sens, il s emploie surtout au pluriel. Faire instance auprès de quelqu un. Avec instance. Faire de grandes instances, de vives instances, des instances pressantes auprès de quelqu un, envers quelqu un. Je l… …

    Dictionnaire de l'Academie Francaise, 7eme edition (1835)

  • 15 instance — noun ADJECTIVE ▪ countless, innumerable, many, multiple, numerous, several ▪ few, occasional, rare ▪ …

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  • 16 INSTANCE — n. f. Sollicitation pressante. Faire instance auprès de quelqu’un. Avec instance. Dans ce sens, il s’emploie surtout au pluriel. Faire de grandes instances, de vives instances, des instances pressantes auprès de quelqu’un. Je l’en ai sollicité… …

    Dictionnaire de l'Academie Francaise, 8eme edition (1935)

  • 17 Instance — Cette page d’homonymie répertorie les différents sujets et articles partageant un même nom. Sur les autres projets Wikimedia : « Instance », sur le Wiktionnaire (dictionnaire universel) Le mot instance peut avoir plusieurs… …

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  • 18 instance — [[t]ɪ̱nstəns[/t]] ♦♦ instances 1) PHRASE: PHR with cl/group You use for instance to introduce a particular event, situation, or person that is an example of what you are talking about. In sub Saharan Africa today, for instance, gross investment… …

    English dictionary

  • 19 instance — 01. Parents are concerned by a number of [instances] of bullying at the school. 02. Usually, I don t change a student s mark, but in this [instance] I will. 03. A further [instance] of computer problems occurred this morning. 04. An appeal was… …

    Grammatical examples in English

  • 20 instance — in|stance1 W2S3 [ˈınstəns] n [Date: 1300 1400; : French; Origin: Latin instantia presence, urgency , from instans; INSTANT1] 1.) for instance for example ▪ We need to rethink the way we consume energy. Take, for instance, our approach to… …

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