Definition of at the instance of in English:

at the instance of

phrase

formal
  • At the request or instigation of.

    ‘prosecution at the instance of the police’
    • ‘Extradition proceedings at the instance of the French prosecuting authorities are pending against Parretti in the USA.’
    • ‘But, whether it is so expressed or not, it is in my judgment a duty that is owed to the court and which can be enforced by the court at the instance of the English plaintiffs.’
    • ‘In criminal causes, an appeal lies to the House of Lords at the instance of the defendant or prosecutor.’
    • ‘The defendant says that the witness wrote the number into his diary at the instance of the plaintiff, and that she had gotten the number from him in the course of a meeting the defendant had with her before leaving for India.’
    • ‘The grievance procedure has commenced and one hearing date was postponed at the instance of defendant.’
    instigation, prompting, suggestion
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