in eerste instantie



  • in eerste instantie (aanvankelijk, eerst, in het begin)


  • (court of) first instance
  • at first
  • at first glance
  • at first sight (bij aanvankelijke beschouwing)
  • at the outset
  • at the start
  • basically[1]
  • first of all
  • in the early stages
  • in the first instance
  • in the first place
  • in the first stage
  • in the first step
  • in/at the beginning
  • initially
  • originally
  • primarily
  • principally
  • specifically (special meaning!)
  • the primary
  • to begin with
  • to start with

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in the first instance = ‘In the first place or at the first stage of a proceeding’:
• the appointment will be for three years in the first instance
• He said soldiers may have been acting in self-defense in the second instance.



  1. De zin die U nu leest betekent in eerste instantie niets. = The sentence you are now reading basically means nothing.