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Instantiation or instance may refer to:
- A modern concept similar to participation in classical Platonism; see the Theory of Forms
- The instantiation principle, the idea that in order for a property to exist, it must be had by some object or substance; the instance being a specific object rather than the idea of it
- Universal instantiation
- Existential fallacy, also called existential instantiation
- A substitution instance, a formula of mathematical logic that can be produced by substituting certain strings of symbols for others in formulae
- Instance can generally refer to any running process, or specifically to an object as in an instance of a class
- Table instance (or database instance), a concept in database design; see Row (database)
- Instantiation of an object
- Instance can refer to a single virtual machine in a virtualized or cloud computing environment that provides operating-system-level virtualization
- Instantiation of a class or object within the organization of a Body of knowledge.
- For example, the instantiation class taxonomy within the Wikimedia project Wikisource generally refers to language classes.
- Instance dungeon, a feature of many online videogames
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