instantiation

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20th-century coinage from instantiate +‎ -tion, itself coined 1946 from instance +‎ -ate. The latter, in the sense "a case, an example", from Middle English instance, from Medieval Latin īnstantia (a being near, presence; also perseverance, earnestness, importunity, urgency), from Latin īnstāns (urgent); see English instant.[1]

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instantiation (countable and uncountable, plural instantiations)

  1. (uncountable) The production of an instance, example, or specific application of a general classification, principle, theory, etc.
  2. (countable) Something resulting from the act of instantiating; an instance.
  3. (by extension, object-oriented programming) Creation of an instance of some class or template.

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  1. ^ Douglas Harper (2001–2022), “instantiate”, in Online Etymology Dictionary.

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