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English definition of “instance”


verb [T]     /ˈɪn.stəns/ UK formal
to give something as an example: She argued the need for legal reform and instanced several recent cases with grossly unfair verdicts.Typifying, illustrating and exemplifyingMeaning and significance
(Definition of instance verb from the Cambridge Advanced Learner's Dictionary & Thesaurus © Cambridge University Press)
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