instance (n.)
reason, motive, cause
H5 II.ii.119[King Henry to Scroop, of a devil] he ... / Gave thee no instance why thou shouldst do treason
Ham III.ii.192[Second Player as Queen to her King] The instances that second marriage move
R3 III.ii.25[Hastings to Messenger, of Stanley] Tell him his fears are shallow, without instance

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