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at the instance of
At one's urging. I'm doing some charity work now at the instance of my college advisor.
This particular situation. I know I discouraged you from using too many commas in your essays, but, in this instance, I would add a comma. In this instance, Carrie needs her friends' love and support, regardless of how independent she is the rest of the time.
for example. I've lived in many cities, for instance, Boston, Chicago, and Detroit. Jane is very generous. For instance, she volunteers at the hospital and gives money to charities.
in the first place and in the first instance
initially; to begin with. In the first place, you don't have enough money to buy one. In the second place, you don't need one. In the first instance, I don't have the time. In the second place, I'm not interested.
Also, for instance. As an illustration of something, as in Dress casually, in blue jeans, for example, or This program has problems-for instance, it's hard to retrieve lost data. The first expression, which dates from the late 1500s, is used throughout this book to illustrate how an idiom is used. The variant dates from the mid-1600s.
See also: example
see under for example.
in the ˈfirst instance(formal) as the first part of a series of actions: In the first instance, notify the police and then contact your insurance company.
for ˈinstanceas an example: My books have sold well. My most recent one, for instance, sold 100 000 copies.
As an illustrative instance: Wear something simple; for example, a skirt and blouse.
See also: example
As an example; for example.