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[n] a single item of information that is representative of a type; "this patient provides a typical example of the syndrome"; "there is a good example on page 10"
[n] an occurrence of something; "it was a case of bad judgment"; "another instance occurred yesterday"; "but there is always the famous example of the Smiths"
[v] clarify by giving an example of

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\In"stance\, n. [F. instance, L. instantia, fr. instans. See {Instant}.]
1. The act or quality of being instant or pressing; urgency; solicitation; application; suggestion; motion. Undertook at her instance to restore them. --Sir W. Scott.
2. That which is instant or urgent; motive. [Obs.] The instances that second marriage move Are base respects of thrift, but none of love. --Shak.
3. Occasion; order of occurrence. 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.
4. That which offers itself or is offered as an illustrative case; something cited in proof or exemplification; a case occurring; an example. Most remarkable instances of suffering. --Atterbury.
5. A token; a sign; a symptom or indication. --Shak. {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. {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}.
\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. I shall not instance an abstruse author. --Milton.
\In"stance\, v. i. To give an example. [Obs.] This story doth not only instance in kingdoms, but in families too. --Jer. Taylor.

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