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  • An example that is cited to prove or invalidate a contention or illustrate a point. See Synonyms at example.
  • A case or an occurrence: In all such instances, let conscience be your guide.
  • Law A legal proceeding or process; a suit.
  • A step in a process or series of events: You should apply in the first instance to the personnel manager.
  • A suggestion or request: called at the instance of his attorney.
  • Archaic Urgent solicitation.
  • Obsolete An impelling motive.
  • To offer as an example; cite.
  • To demonstrate or show by an example; exemplify.
  • for instance As an example; for example.