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instance (the sense of ‘illustrative example’ passes almost into ‘sample, specimen’ in 2H4 I. i. 56, Ham. IV. v. 161)
1. motive, cause All'sW. IV. i. 44, R3 III. ii. 25 “shallow, without instance” (Ff), Ham. III. ii. 194 “The instances that second marriage move.”
2. being present, presence 2H4 IV. i. 83* “every minute's instance.”
3. evidence, proof, sign, token Gent. II. vii. 70 “i-s of infinite of love,” Err. I. i. 64, Ado II. ii. 42, 2H4 III. i. 103 “A certain that Glendower is dead,” Cæs. IV. ii. 16* “familiar i-s” (=marks of familiarity), Lucr. 1511 “no guilty instance” (=no sign of guilt).
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    • William Shakespeare, Hamlet, Prince of Denmark, 3.2
    • William Shakespeare, Hamlet, Prince of Denmark, 4.5
    • William Shakespeare, Two Gentlemen of Verona, 2.7
    • William Shakespeare, The Comedy of Errors, 1.1
    • William Shakespeare, The Rape of Lucrece
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