This word is often used in the plural in the sense shown in 4).
A feminine noun is almost always used with feminine articles and adjectives (e.g. la mujer bonita, la luna llena).
feminine noun
1. (document)
a. application
Rellené una instancia solicitando una beca para mi proyecto de investigación.I filled in an application requesting a grant for my research project.
b. application form
La instancia debe presentarse en el consulado en persona.The application form must be handed in at the Consulate in person.
2. (appeal)
a. request
Si quieres optar a una beca, tienes que enviar una instancia con todos tus datos personales.If you want to apply for a grant, you need to send a request with all your personal details.
b. petition
El juez rechazó la instancia que pedía detener el juicio.The judge rejected the petition to stop the trial.
3. (moment)
This refers to an idiomatic word or phrase for which there is no word-for-word translation.
no direct translation
En primera instancia, me gustaría destacar la gran labor de la organización.First of all, I would like to highlight the great work of the organization.
Maite solo irá a esa escuela en última instancia, si no la aceptan en ninguna otra.Maite will only go to that school as a last resort if she doesn't get accepted by any other.
A word or phrase used to refer to the second person formal “usted” by their conjugation or implied context (e.g. usted).
a. authority
Las altas instancias siguen estando compuestas mayoritariamente por hombres.Men still mostly make up all high authorities.
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A noun is a word referring to a person, animal, place, thing, feeling or idea (e.g. man, dog, house).
1. (solicitud)
a. application (form)
2. (ruego)
a. request
a instancias deat the request o bidding of
en última instanciaas a last resort
3. (law)
juzgado de primera instanciacourt of first instance
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1 (solicitud) application; request; (Jur) petition
a instancia(s) de algn at the request of sb; at sb's request; pedir algo con instancia to demand sth insistently; demand sth urgently
2 (formulario) application form
3 (momento)
de primera instancia first of all; en última instancia (como último recurso) as a last resort; (en definitiva) in the last analysis
4 (Política) (autoridad) authority; (organismo) agency
altas instancias high authorities
altas instancias académicas y culturales Las otras altas instancias -Gobierno, Consejo del Reino, Jefatura del Estado podrían recurrir a instancias internacionales
instancias del poder corridors of power
instancias internacionales international authorities
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