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instance

noun [C]  /ˈɪn·stəns/ us  
a particular situation, event, or fact: There were several instances of computer failure before we got the system to work properly. Usually this kind of skin condition is caused by a food allergy, but in this instance it may be caused by the medicine you are taking. Can you tell us a little about your background? For instance (= As an example), where were you born?
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