Synonyms of instance
1 exampleDictionary • a serious instance of corruption
example • examples of sexism and racism in the police force
case • Some cases of arthritis respond to a gluten-free diet.
occurrence • the greatest occurrence of heart disease in the over-65s
occasion • I often think fondly of an occasion some years ago.
sample • We're giving away 2000 free samples.
illustration • These figures are an illustration of the country's dynamism.
precedent • The trial could set an important precedent for similar cases.
case in point
2 insistenceDictionary • The meeting was organized at the instance of two senior ministers.
insistence • She had attended an interview at his insistence.
application • His application for membership was rejected.
request • They agreed to his request for help.
prompting • The refugees need no prompting to describe what happened to them.
incitement • an incitement to religious hatred
instigation • The talks are taking place at the instigation of Germany.
entreaty • They have resisted all entreaties to pledge their support for the campaign.
nameDictionary • She could have instanced many women who fitted this description.
name • The Scots have yet to name their team.
mention • She did not mention her mother's absence.
identify • I tried to identify her perfume.
advance • Many theories have been advanced as to why this is.
quote • Most newspapers quote the warning.
finger (informal, mainly US)
cite • She cites a favourite poem by George Herbert.
specify • He has not specified what action he would like them to take.
invoke • He invoked memories of previous disasters to argue against postponement.
allude to • She sometimes alluded to a feeling that she was to blame.
adduce • The evidence she adduced was authoritative.
PHRASE:▷ for instance
IDIOM:▷ in the first instance
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adduceIf you adduce something such as a fact or reason, you mention it in order to support an argument.
• The evidence she adduced was authoritative.
advanceWhen a theory or argument is advanced, it is put forward for discussion.
• Many theories have been advanced as to why this is.
offer as a suggestion
offer as a suggestion
• She sometimes alluded to a feeling that she was to blame.
Thesaurus for instance from the Collins English Thesaurus
a case or particular example