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[in-stuh n-see] /ˈɪn stən si/
quality of being instant; urgency; pressing nature.
Origin of instancy
1505-15; < Latin instantia. See instance, -ancy Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2015.
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  • But what riveted the resemblance most was the instancy of their sympathetic communion.

  • For a moment those within did not in the instancy of their discourse hear Wat's summons.

    Lochinvar S. R. Crockett
  • At the same moment the lawyer, thus relieved of the instancy of his fear, changed his tactics.

    St. Ives Robert Louis Stevenson
  • The devotee's irrationality springs from a thousand inexplicable demonstrations of God's instancy in trouble.

    Autobiography of a YOGI Paramhansa Yogananda
  • It is a call to adventure with the unknown, an adventure sharpened by the threat of loss and tense with the instancy of action.

    Windfalls (AKA Alpha of the Plough) Alfred George Gardiner
British Dictionary definitions for instancy


noun (rare)
the quality of being urgent or imminent
instantaneousness; immediateness
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