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[fer-in-stuh ns] /fərˈɪn stəns/
an instance or example:
Give me a for-instance of what you mean.


[in-stuh ns] /ˈɪn stəns/
a case or occurrence of anything:
fresh instances of oppression.
an example put forth in proof or illustration:
to cite a few instances.
Law. the institution and prosecution of a case.
Archaic. urgency in speech or action.
Obsolete. an impelling motive.
verb (used with object), instanced, instancing.
to cite as an instance or example.
to exemplify by an instance.
verb (used without object), instanced, instancing.
to cite an instance.
at the instance of, at the urging or suggestion of:
He applied for the assistantship at the instance of his professor.
for instance, as an example; for example:
If you were to go to Italy, for instance, you would get a different perspective on our culture.
Origin of instance
1300-50; Middle English < Latin instantia presence, urgency (Medieval Latin: case, example). See instant, -ance
Related forms
counterinstance, noun
uninstanced, adjective
2. See case1 . Unabridged
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Examples from the web for for instance
  • Try deep blue and peach, for instance, or lavender and gold.
  • for instance, with drainage holes added, the concrete birdbath at left makes a splendid container.
  • The shabby chic table opposite, for instance, is in my zip code range and seriously tempting.
  • Most of her pots, for instance, are standard nursery terra-cotta.
  • Research has shown, for instance, that children who know two languages more easily solve problems that involve misleading cues.
  • Stem cells injected into a paralyzed patient's spine, for instance, might help regenerate nerve tissue.
  • for instance, some of the digits on the frogs' feet have disappeared.
  • for instance people being tested, for the body to respond to drugs such as antibiotics.
  • Computers, for instance, cannot match our ability to recognize a friend from a distance merely by the way he walks.
  • Take, for instance, a billiard ball rolling across a table.
British Dictionary definitions for for instance


a case or particular example
for instance, for or as an example
a specified stage in proceedings; step (in the phrases in the first, second, etc, instance)
urgent request or demand (esp in the phrase at the instance of)
  1. an expression derived from another by instantiation
  2. See substitution (sense 4b)
(archaic) motive or reason
verb (transitive)
to cite as an example
Word Origin
C14 (in the sense: case, example): from Medieval Latin instantia example, (in the sense: urgency) from Latin: a being close upon, presence, from instāns pressing upon, urgent; see instant
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Word Origin and History for for instance



mid-14c., "urgency," from Old French instance "eagerness, anxiety, solicitation" (13c.), from Latin instantia "presence, effort intention; earnestness, urgency," literally "a standing near," from instans (see instant). In Scholastic logic, "a fact or example" (early 15c.), from Medieval Latin instantia, used to translate Greek enstasis. This led to use in phrase for instance "as an example" (1650s), and the noun phrase To give (someone) a for instance (1953, American English).

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Slang definitions & phrases for for instance

for instance

noun phrase

An example; an instance: I'd understand the point better if you gave me a couple of concrete for instances

[1940s+; fr a Yiddish pattern]

The Dictionary of American Slang, Fourth Edition by Barbara Ann Kipfer, PhD. and Robert L. Chapman, Ph.D.
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Idioms and Phrases with for instance


see under for example
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