in the first instance


in the first instance
INITIALLY, at first, at the start, at the outset, in/at the beginning, to begin with, to start with, originally.

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in the first instance
Firstly, originally
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Main Entry:instance

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in the first instance british formal phrase
at the beginning of a series of actions

These scholarships will normally be awarded for one year in the first instance, with a likely extension.

Thesaurus: from or at the beginningsynonym
Main entry: first

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in the first (or second, etc.) instance
in the first (or second, etc.) place; at the first (or second, etc.) stage of a proceeding

a tribunal should be formed, in the first instance to document these and other charges

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in the first instance — see instance
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Main Entry:first
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in the first instance
formal : before other events happen : as the first thing in a series of actions

You will be seen in the first instance by your own doctor who may then send you to a specialist.

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Main Entry:instance

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in the ˈfirst instance idiom
(formal) as the first part of a series of actions

In the first instance, notify the police and then contact your insurance company.

Main entry:instanceidiom

Useful english dictionary. 2012.

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