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; as, we could find no instance of poisoning in the town within the past year.
Most remarkable instances of suffering. --Atterbury.
5. A token; a sign; a symptom or indication.
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; for example.
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.