Legal Definition and Related Resources of Instance

Meaning of Instance

In pleadings, means at the request of’, as in pleading that an act was done at the instance of the defendant . Also, a court where formal legal proceedings, such as common law action , is commenced, is sometimes called court of the first instance as opposed to an appellate court .

Instance Alternative Definition

Literally, standing on; hence, urging, solicitation. Webster. In Civil and French Law. In general, all sorts of actions and judicial demands. Dig. 44. 7. 58. In Ecclesiastical Law. Causes of instance are those proceeded in at solicitation of some party, as opposed to causes of office, which run in the name of the judge. Halifax, Anal. p. 122. In Scotch Law. That which may be insisted on at one diet or course of proba- , tion. Wharton.

Synonyms of Instance


  • case
  • case in point
  • clarification
  • demonstration
  • elucidation
  • embodiment
  • ensample
  • example
  • exemplar
  • exemplification
  • exemplum
  • frame of reference
  • illustration
  • model
  • paradigm
  • representative
  • representative selection
  • sample
  • specimen
  • type
  • Associated Concepts: first instance
  • special instance
  • specific instance

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Legal Abbreviations and Acronyms

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Appellate Court, Capacity, , Comment, Commercial Impracticability, Compensate, Compensation, Court, Eminent Domain, Essence, Ex Parte, , Guarantee, Garranty, Guaranty, Include, Indigent, Inquest, Instrumentality, Judicial Power, Justification, Kidnap, Legacy, Minerals, Moral Obligation, Primary Evidence, Recommend, Request, Ruling, Saving, Security, Torrens’ System.


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