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Indeed one of that dynasty provided a rare instance of a dealer refusing to offload a masterpiece. Times, Sunday Times (2017)Any punishment should be relatable to the particular instance of misbehaviour. The Sun (2017)We aim to be in touch in the next two weeks and will try to contact you by phone in the first instance. Times, Sunday Times (2017)In one instance a 100-year-old woman was pulled from rubble. Times, Sunday Times (2016)There have been a number of disturbing instances recently of such leniency but at the moment they are not offences that can be referred. Times, Sunday Times (2016)For instance, the use of first person limits the book to the point of view of the narrator. Smithsonian Mag (2017)In one instance, she pocketed 17,000 from the machine. The Sun (2016)It's a rare instance of the double standards around women and appearance benefiting us, not them. Times, Sunday Times (2016)All the cards will be sent to London in the first instance, and will be sorted and classified there. Times, Sunday Times (2017)There are rare instances of secret and entirely human selfishness. Times, Sunday Times (2008)That was indeed one instance of drawing from life. Burning Bright (2007)In this instance a second person can help by asking questions. Times, Sunday Times (2011)In these particular instances it should be up to the courts to decide guilt or innocence. Times, Sunday Times (2010)This is actually the best practice for the first instance of weakness. LIVING ON THE FAULT LINE, REVISED EDITION (2002)In some rare instances people can become so depressed that they become seriously ill through jealousy. Why Am I Afraid to be Assertive? (1994)Just another crazy instance of judges putting our little ones last. The Sun (2014)Is there anyone that can think all this through with your son in the first instance? Times, Sunday Times (2012)Clearly that is not the case in this instance. Times, Sunday Times (2011)This is one of the rare instances of a genuine conflict between the demands of science and the demands of humanity. Infinite in All Directions (1989)Take the names used, for instance. Christianity Today (2000)Yet the number of instances is now rising in Germany. Times, Sunday Times (2016)Critics of Belgian policy contend that the right to enter is abridged in a number of instances. Refugees in the Age of Total War (1988)For instance, no use is being made of the kitchen. Times, Sunday Times (2007)In this instance, the person was trying to meet mortgage payments and avoid their home being repossessed. Times, Sunday Times (2009)I cited three instances, meaning them as a formula for many more. The Times Literary Supplement (2014)
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British English: instance /ˈɪnstəns/ NOUN
An instance is a particular example or occurrence of something.
...another instance of robbery.
- American English: instance
- Arabic: حَالَةٌ
- Brazilian Portuguese: exemplo
- Chinese: 实例
- Croatian: slučaj
- Czech: případ
- Danish: tilfælde
- Dutch: geval
- European Spanish: ejemplo
- Finnish: esimerkki
- French: exemple
- German: Fall
- Greek: περίπτωση
- Italian: esempio
- Japanese: 事例
- Korean: 예
- Norwegian: eksempel
- Polish: przykład
- European Portuguese: exemplo
- Romanian: exemplu
- Russian: случай
- Spanish: ejemplo
- Swedish: exempel
- Thai: ตัวอย่าง
- Turkish: örnek
- Ukrainian: випадок
- Vietnamese: ví dụ
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